How to plan your timetable ahead of time

Want to get ahead of the class registration pack?

If you wanted to, you could start planning your timetable before class reg even opens. That way, you know exactly what classes to register into to avoid disappointment. You know, because 8am lectures suck.

There are two ways you can find your subjects’ timetables.

1. The handbook

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This is the most common way of searching for timetables. If you scroll down the subject’s handbook entry, you should find a link to that subject’s timetable.

Alternatively, you can go straight to the timetable website as per below. The handbook’s timetable link takes you there anyways – so it’s just a matter what is convenient for you. I find accessing timetables via the handbook is faster than the web timetable.

2. Web timetable

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This is pretty straightforward to navigate, but if you have any trouble with it – it’s because you need to enable pop ups to view the timetable.

However, trying to understand what the timetable says is a whole blog post in itself. I find it easiest to understand the timetable by clicking on the ‘description’ tab (it doesn’t look clickable, but it is! I found this out by accident). This arranges the classes in a way that make slightly more sense.

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Looking at that timetable, there are 5 prac sessions to choose from, and you only need to register into 1.

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‘P01/01’ means it Practical 1 (PO1), repeated session 1 (01). And the next one (P01/02) is saying it’s still Practical 1, but another repeated session. Hope that makes sense?

At the end of the day, if you can’t understand what the timetable is saying – just email the coordinator of the subject (details can be found on the handbook entry). I’ve had to do this on a number of occasions because it was just far too confusing.


People have different methods of putting together a ‘draft’ of their timetable. This may seem a little over the top, but I would create an excel spreadsheet, copy the timetable information over, and start planning out my timetable.

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One thing to know is that all classes that do not have repeated sessions are already registered on your timetable (that is, if unimelb hasn’t changed this since last semester). So when class reg opens, you just need to register into those classes with optional times. These classes tend to be pracs and tutorials.

It’s a good idea to make a note of those classes you want to register into, so you’ll be ready to secure your spot when class reg opens.

– Daph

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