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Study planning

Do you have questions about your study planning? Would you like some advice or tips on how to make an effective annual or weekly plan?

I have questions about my study planning

As a student you are often faced with busy periods and numerous options. Lectures, assignments, exams, part-time job, socialising, studying abroad; When is the best time to do which activity? And is everything you want to do feasible to begin with?

Planning for the time you will study based on the amount of time you have available can be very useful. You will find some tips below that will help you make a plan for the year or per week. Are you having difficulties coming up with a study planning and is this causing stress? Or do you have other questions? Come and speak with us. Together we will find out what is going on and come up with a plan to help you resolve the problem.

I would like tips and advice on how to make a study plan for the entire year

A study plan for the entire year provides an overview of all the courses and other components you need to complete in order to graduate. If you fill in the schedule below, you will see your own study plan on paper. This often provides better insight in how long you will be occupied with studying compared to a plan in your head.

Yearly plan schedule

Tips

  • View your plan in the abovementioned schedule and do not plan more than 12 EC in the  8-week-long periods and 6 EC in the 4-week-long periods.
  • Plan courses you have not passed in the schedule as well and retake these courses.
  • Give priority to first-year courses. This could mean that a second-year course is shifted to your third year and a third-year course is pushed to the fourth year of your studies.
  • Make sure you meet the entry requirements for the second-year and third-year courses. Otherwise, you will not be permitted to take these courses. You can find these requirements in the Course Catalogue.
  • Most students make a study plan that is too ambitious and are later disappointed. Is this the case with you as well? If so, make changes and adjust your plan accordingly.
  • Visit studying successfully for more tips.

I would like tips and advice on how to make a weekly study plan

A weekly study plan provides you with an overview of everything that you are planning to do in a week. If you fill in the schedule below, you will see your own study plan on paper. This often provides better insight in how long you will be occupied with studying compared to a plan you keep in your head.

Schedule for a weekly study plan

Tips:

  • Count on spending 40 hours a week on your studies if you want to complete your programme within the nominal study duration of 60 EC per year.
  • Specify the study activity as well as the moment when you want to do this activity.
  • Add all your activities to the schedule. This means including your part-time job, time spent socialising, time spent resting, and also reserve time for any unplanned activities that may arise. 
  • Be aware of the fact that it may not be possible to do everything contained in your weekly study plan.
  • Be prepared to make choices
  • Most students make a study plan that is too ambitious and are later disappointed. Is this the case with you as well? If so, make changes and adjust your plan accordingly.
  • Visit studying successfully for more tips.