At the end of this section, the learner will:
- Gather all course materials and key dates.
- Download and install Microsoft 365 (UTA Students).
- Populate an Outlook Calendar for the semester.
Building a Semester Schedule
After understanding your use of time, deciding your course load, completing your pre-enrollment activities, and enrolling in your courses, you are now ready to build a semester schedule. Begin by gathering all the available course materials and any key dates that you must keep track of. Also note any personal key dates like family events, birthdays, and other special occasions. Remember to plan and schedule a time for self-care activities, too. Planning in restorative periods ensures you stay well and avoid burnout.
For UTA students, key dates and information are found in the following places:
The cost and utility of available organizational tools are important to consider when deciding which is best for your situation. , , and other are widely available. Most require payment for use and do not offer the robust features you might enjoy with your university’s free student software offerings.
Students with limited access to resources outside of UTA can leverage the Google Suite () of products to save on costs, minimizing the need for multiple mechanisms to keep organized. Here is access to the where you can learn more about those products.
UTA students enjoy free access to a Microsoft 365 account, including Outlook, which has all the functionality necessary to stay on track. Outlook integrates your student email account, calendar, tasks, to-do lists, and more. You can access Outlook by phone, computer, or mobile device. The Outlook desktop and web versions sync seamlessly, which is helpful when you are on the move!
Proceed to the activity where you will learn to populate your schedule in Outlook based on the key dates you have gathered.
Activity 2.5: Building Your Semester Schedule in Outlook