Study planner

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Help

Setting up the planner

Where do I start?

Don’t have a planner? Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through the process. The first step is to tell us your subjects.

It’s useful to have some information ready while you’re setting up your planner although you can always add it later. Useful information would be: a list of your exams and their dates and times, your school or college timetable, dates of holidays, social events and part-time work.

How do I add subjects?

Click on ‘Edit my subjects’.

How do I add commitments, deadlines, exams and classes?

There are options to add these below the calendar.

What is a commitment?

A commitment is any event when you can’t or don’t want to study. It might be a party, work, visiting relations or a lie in.

Why should I add my commitments?

Adding all the times when you can’t study is important because the planner will schedule revision sessions into any slot where it thinks you are free to revise.

How do I add a holiday?

There is an option to add holidays below the planner. You can choose whether or not you continue to study during the holidays.

Can I set study leave?

Yes. There is an option above the calendar on the right or you can use the ‘Edit classes’ menu.

How do I get the planner to show my study sessions?

You need to add a deadline or an exam. Set how many hours you want to spend on each deadline or exam and the planner will automatically schedule study sessions. The option to 'calculate study sessions' will only work if you have added exams and or/deadlines to the planner. Resetting will delete all existing study sessions and reallocate them.

How do I prioritise my subjects?

From the main planner page, click ‘Edit my subjects’ on the right hand side. Then click through using the ‘Save and continue’ buttons at the bottom of the windows, until your reach ‘Prioritise my subjects’, where you see will see sliders for each subject. We use this to show you how much time you’ve spent on each subject – you can see the information is in your ‘dashboard’ (an option in the menu bar at the top of the page).

How do I print my planner?

At the top right is a 'Printable PDF' button. Click this to select the time period you want to get printed. Your planner will download as a pdf file that you can download, save and print. If the planner does not download, check you have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer.

Making a revision timetable

How do I make a revision timetable?

First add all the times you can’t or don’t want to revise. That includes times when you’re in classes and all your other ‘commitments’ – anything from part-time work to a party or a lie-in. You can add these during the planner set-up or through the ‘add’ options below the calendar if you’ve already made a start.

Then add your exams using the ‘add exam’ option. This allows you to add the date of the exam, the date you want to start revising and the number of hours of revision you want to do for that exam. Your revision schedule will then appear!

How do I know which exams I’ll be taking?

Whatever you do, don’t guess. Check with your teachers for the exam board and exact exams you’ll be sitting. Don’t include exams in your study planner until you’re sure you’ve got them right.

How do I find out my exam dates?

You can find the dates of external exams from the relevant exam board website – check with your teacher if you’re not sure. As the exams get nearer your school or college will probably issue you with an exam timetable.

How do I find my exam code?

You don’t have to complete this box but getting the right codes now may save you time and stress later. Every paper has a unique code. You’ll find these on the exam board websites. If you’re not sure ask your teacher or don’t complete the box.

How do I add some extra revision sessions?

You can drag the exam box from below the planner into a study session slot on the calendar or alter the number of hours revision using the ‘Edit exams’ option above the calendar.

How do I change the number of revision hours?

You can alter the number of revision hours for an exam using the ‘Edit exams’ option above the calendar. The planner should update automatically once the changes are saved.

Doing revision

How should I revise?

​There are some great tips here.

How much revision should I do?

This is a tricky question. We give some general advice when you add any exam but you should really seek advice from your teachers.

What should I do in a revision session?

Click inside any revision session and a dialog box appears. This will recommend resources based on what topic you want to revise, allow you to make notes and link to all our study groups and tools.

How do I get resource recommendations?

Click on the study session in the calendar to get that study session’s pop-up. You’ll find recommended resources for that subject and the chance to search for more. You can also make notes for that session.

Changing things

How do I delete revision or deadline sessions?

Click on the session in the timetable and a pop-up for that study session will appear. In the top right corner there is a cross you can click to delete this session.

How do I change the colour of sessions?

Click on the session in the study planner. The pop-up will have a colour palette which you can choose from. Choose your colour then scroll down and click ‘save and continue’. This will change the colour of all the study sessions for that subject.

Click on the appropriate box below the study planner and a pop-up will appear for you to fill in. To delete, simply click on its time slot and click the top right hand cross in the pop-up.

How do I edit an existing deadline?

Find the deadline in the study planner. Click on it and you will be able to edit it.

What if I want to change my plan?

You can alter the details about your classes, exams exam (including number of revision hours) or deadline through the ‘Edit’ options above the calendar.

I’ve changed my study hours but the planner hasn’t updated

Click on ‘Reset my study sessions’ above the planner. This will delete your current study sessions. Then click on 'Calculate my study sessions (in the same place above the planner). This will calculate study sessions based your new choices.

My planner will not print

Check you have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer.

It’s all gone horribly wrong …

There is an option to ‘Erase and start again’. This will delete all of your study planner except for your subjects so the calendar will be completely blank. Careful - there is no going back once you’ve confirmed that this is want you want to do.

My question isn’t covered …

Just contact us and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can with the answer.