Step 2: Select your timetable preferences

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

During the preference entry period you can select your preferred class times for your enrolled subjects in each study period.

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.

Classes are subject to change throughout the preference entry period, and new class times and modes of delivery (eg on campus or online) may become available. To ensure you don’t miss out on new class options, remember to review your preferences before the preference entry period closes. You can change your preferences until the preference entry deadline. For information on when the preference entry period opens and closes for each study period, see timetable dates.

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 Tutorial1.

  • 2. Select your preferred times in order of preference

    The List view of the classes in that Class Type will show.

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

    You can choose to show the classes in a grid view instead by clicking on the grid symbol in the top right corner.

    An image displaying a grid icon in the top right corner of the MyTimetable page

    Click 'Save' to submit your preferences.

    An image showing the save button in the middle of the top of the screen

    Any classes you are already allocated to, will show overlaid in green.

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

    In 2021, dual-delivery subjects may have on-campus and online classes. If you can attend on-campus classes, you can select preferences for these classes. If you are unable to attend campus, make sure you enter preferences for the online classes.

    Online classes

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

    If you will not be in Melbourne for part or all of the study period you are entering preferences for, you should only enter preferences for online classes.

    If you are enrolled in an on-campus subject, but will not be able to attend on campus in Melbourne, you should change your enrolment to an online or dual-delivery subject. Visit the subject delivery page for more information.

    On-campus classes

    Classes that will run on campus will have a physical location on a physical campus listed, or a location with the name X-Departmentally Organised Venue or X-Offsite on a campus called Off-Site.

    An image showing the different class locations under the 'Location' column in MyTimetable

    Depending on your class type, you may only have the option of entering your class preference for the day and time of your class, but not the location. Make sure you select the classes that are being held at a location that you will be able to attend.

    You should plan to attend all of your classes in the same way for the entire semester. However, if you’re suddenly unable to continue attending campus for a significant period of time for 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 may not need to attend in person (however, please check the Attendance and Participation requirements for your subject in the Handbook for further information on this). Recorded classes can be watched at any time, so it may be possible for these classes to clash with in-person classes in your timetable if attendance is not mandatory.

    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 either as ‘_Recorded’ with a symbol or a class number whit a symbol. In the grid view it will show 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’).
    2. 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.

If you are participating in the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program, you will also need to select your preferred day and times for your meeting schedule. For more information visit the mentee or mentor pages.

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 of 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 theReview and Adjust period opens, and you might not get a timetable that suits you.

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