Step 2: Select your timetable preferences

When MyTimetable opens for preference entry, you can enter class time preferences for your enrolled subjects.

When MyTimetable opens for preference entry, you can enter your preferred class times for your enrolled subjects.

You can only enter or change your class preferences for subjects that you are enrolled in. Make sure you’ve finalised your subject enrolment before you enter your class preferences.

You can enter or change your preferences at any time during the preference entry period. For information on when the preference entry period opens and closes for each study period, see timetable dates.

There's no advantage to entering your class preferences first. When classes are sorted and timetables are allocated, all preferences will be weighted equally.

Keep an eye on MyTimetable during the preference entry period to see if any new classes have been added, or if your preferred classes have changed.

After the preference entry period has closed, MyTimetable sorts the class preferences, then generates everyone’s timetables.

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How to select your preferences

Follow these steps to enter your class preferences in MyTimetable.

  • 1. Select a class

    Click on the class type from the enrolment list on the left side panel, eg Lecture1.

  • 2. Select your preferred times in order of preference

    Use the drop-down menus for each class to enter your preferences, with '1' being the class time you want the most.

  • 3. Check for online classes and in-person classes

    In Semester 2 2020, some subjects will have in-person classes that do not have an online alternative. Other than this small number of subjects, all other subjects will continue to be taught online. You can check to see whether your subject is offering in-person classes on the return to campus subjects page, and you can find out more about what your on-campus experience will be like in Semester 2 on the return to campus page.

    Online classes

    Classes being run online are listed as a location that is called either X-Online or X-Scheduled delivery via LMS.

    An example showing online classes will read ither x-Online or x-Scheduled Delivery via the LMS

    If you will not be in Melbourne for part or all of Semester 2, you should only enter preferences for online classes.

    In-person classes

    Classes being run in-person will have a physical location on a specific campus listed, or a location with the name X-Departmentally Organised Venue.

    An example showing in-person classes will read x-Departmentally Organised Venue or a physical location on campus

    You should anticipate that you will attend all your classes the same way for the entire semester. However, if you’re unable to continue attending campus for a significant period of time because of health or personal reasons, you should inform your subject coordinator.

  • 4. Ensure you select the minimum number of preferences

    Make sure you select at least the minimum number of preferences indicated for each class type. Preference numbers must be consecutive (eg for a minimum of four preferences, order your preferences as '1', '2', '3' and '4').

  • 5. Check the class popularity

    You will see a percentage value associated with each class. This indicates the popularity of the class, and is based on the number of students who have selected it as their first preference, relative to the maximum number of places allowed. A class with more than 100% is over-subscribed with first preferences. You can still preference an over-subscribed class, but selecting a class with a lower percentage will increase your chance of being allocated to it.

    These percentage values will change throughout the preference entry period as students update their preferences. Make sure you check back at the end of the preference entry period, as you might want to update your preferences if their popularity changes.

  • 6. Check for flags

    Some classes might have a flag icon next to them. The flag icon means that you are required to include that class in your preferences. If you haven't selected enough flagged classes in your preferences, you will see an error message. Flagged classes don’t need to be your first preference, but they do need to be included.

  • 7. Check whether your classes have a recorded option

    Some classes may be categorised as ‘recorded’ (ie available on Lecture Capture) which means you don’t need to attend in person. Recorded classes can be watched at any time, so these classes can clash with in-person classes in your timetable.

    Recorded classes can be different to other online classes, which could need to be attended at the time the class is scheduled.

    MyTimetable indicates these classes in list view as ‘_Recorded’, or in the grid view as a dotted outline around the class.

    To choose a recorded class, preference your recorded class first. You will be guaranteed allocation into a recorded class, so you can preference clashing classes at the same time.

  • 8. Check for clashing preferences

    Unless otherwise indicated (ie recorded classes) MyTimetable will only allocate you a clash-free timetable so it's important that your class preferences don't clash with other preferred or allocated classes.

  • 9. Check for sectioned subjects

    For sectioned subjects, you must select classes in groups, meaning you will be with the same classmates for two or more classes (eg the same lecture and studio workshop). To preference sections:

    1. Enter your preferences next to each section name (eg in the below example, preferences can be selected for ‘Section 001’ and ‘Section 002’).
    1. If there is a '1' next to each class within a section, no further action is required. However if a section has multiple classes without a 1, you must enter preferences for these. In the below example, in Section 1 there is only one option for Lecture1 and Studio1, so you do not need to do anything. For Studio2, there are two options you need to preference.

  • 10. Save your preferences

    Click Save and repeat the above for all remaining class types.

Viewing your saved preferences

Click on the Preferences tab on the menu bar to view all your saved class preferences. You can make changes to your preferences anytime during the preferencing period.


You must finalise all your preferences before the preference entry deadline. When the preference period closes, MyTimetable will sort the preferences and allocate everyone’s timetables.

If you have not selected any preferences for a class type by the time the preference entry period closes, you will have to manually select from remaining available classes when the review and adjust period opens, and you might not get a timetable that suits you.

If you were unable to submit your preferences by the preference entry deadline, you can select your classes when the review and adjust period opens.

Timetable support

For frequently asked questions about entering your class preferences, visit timetable help.

I've selected my timetable preferences. What's next?

Step 3: Review or adjust your timetable