Time management activity: Planning your exam study timetable

Law school exams can be a daunting prospect for many students.

You can minimise the stress associated with exams by setting yourself up to feel ready and prepared for the exam. One of the best ways to do this is to manage your study time effectively and to plan well in advance. This will ensure that you have sufficient time to revise the course content and to practice for the exam.

This interactive activity will help you practice your time management and planning skills in the lead up to exams.


Using the calendar below, plan your exam study schedule by setting personal deadlines for when you should (a) start your exam notes, (b) finish your exam notes, and (c) attempt a practice exam for each subject. 

You have just downloaded your exam timetable from the My Unimelb website. Disclaimer: these exam dates are fictional and for the purposes of this activity only!

  • Contracts exam – 7 June 2021, 2PM
  • Constitutional law exam – 10 June 2021, 9AM
  • Disputes exam – 18 June 2021, 9AM

You also have to plan around other items in your schedule:

  • During Weeks 8-12, you have class from 10am-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • You have work every second Saturday before exams: 8th of May, 22nd of May and 5th of June.
  • Your Mooting team is scheduled to compete on 10th and 24th of May.
  • Your friend Christine has her birthday party on 21st of May.
  • You need to have lunch with your family at least twice before SWOTVAC.

Time management tip: Start by inputting any fixed dates into your calendar. You can then plan your deadlines by working backwards from the exam date, taking into account your other commitments.