With the current climate of independent learning, self-discipline and timetabling have never been more important.

Timetabling is an essential skill for any student to develop, however, in the final two years of schooling it becomes of paramount importance to organise your time so that it can be used effectively.

The demands on students and their level of intensity in their studies vary quite dramatically over a schooling year – particularly for Year 12 students.

Stress and workload often increase before examinations and assessments, before students often dip into semi-hibernation in school holidays. Before trial exams and the final HSC/IB exams, students stress and workload levels rise dramatically.

If we were draw a graph of the levels of workload in a typical student’s year, it would look like this.

However, this rollercoaster does not have to be your Year 12 or indeed schooling journey. Rather than applying yourself for a limited amount of time with great intensity, you would be able to work more efficiently if you applied yourself consistently over a greater and longer period of time. It is important to try and flatten the drastic rises and falls, and work steadily towards the final HSC/IB exams.

Now to do this, students need to timetable so that they can make the most of their time. Timetabling allows you to keep track of time, plan your day to use it to its fullest potential and reduce your daily stress of trying to keep on track of your homework, study and other commitments.

An effective timetable will help you accomplish more in a shorter period of time, reduce your procrastination and help you focus on the tasks at hand.