Slide background Too much procrastinating? Need more discipline? Do you like making lists?
Slide background The most useful
study planner
for professionals
and students
Study Planner app for professional qualifications on iPhone available in the Apple App Store Study Planner app for professional qualifications on Android available in Google Play iPhone with the calendar for today showing Acca topics to complete iPhone with the progress items page displayed
Slide background How much time do I have left? Can I do this exam in X months? Am I studying at sufficient pace?
Slide background The most useful
study planner
for professionals
and students
Study Planner app for professional qualifications on iPhone available in the Apple App Store Study Planner app for professional qualifications on Android available in Google Play iPhone with the chart of current study progress iPhone with today's todo and upcoming exams


Designed by a former student of two professional qualifications:
The CFA programme (passed all three levels in 18 months) and the UK Actuarial (passed all but one exams on first attempt).

CFA,ACCA,CIMA,Actuarial exams logos

Professional qualifications

Obtaining a professional qualification is not only great for your CV but done properly it will help broaden and accelerate learning in your chosen profession.

Once you have committed to doing the exams, it will typically take years to complete and during that time all too often you will find yourself thinking "I should be studying, not [enter preferred activity here, e.g. cleaning the bathtub]..." and there is no such thing as guilt-free time off!

All we're saying is - Don't prolong this pain any more than you need to!

Pass your exams first time with a well-planned out timetable on Planner Pig.   The best thing about having Planner Pig is that it's easy to keep your plan up-to-date according to your real progress which means it's easier to stick to!   It also means it will give you the peace of mind you need to take those well-earned breaks.

There's no shortcut to doing these exams so make time for both study and play and you will find yourself becoming more productive and successful.

See the list of professional qualifications available

Using Planner Pig

Once you have set up your exams in Planner Pig you can refer to it every day to ask questions like:

  • How much of which topic and for how long should I be studying today?
  • How many days or scheduled hours are left until the exam?
  • How much of the material have I covered so far?
  • How many hours have I already spent on studying?
  • How well have I been sticking to the plan in the past few days?
  • Oops, I missed a whole week's worth of study plan due to illness.   What does this mean now?   How many more hours a week should I be spending to get back on track?
  • I was on a roll today!   I studied 5 hours instead of the scheduled 1 hour.   What does this mean now?   Can I afford a little break?

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Planner Pig

Enter your upcoming exam date and define the topics you need to be studying for that exam.   The studying is split into three phases to give you some short term goals to help keep you motivated.   Commit to a regular weekly timetable for your studies.   Find that you were too optimistic initially?   No problem - change it and have a new plan calculated.   Got some holidays planned?   No problem - Planner Pig can take care of the exceptions to your timetable.

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Progress Panther

Update your progress each day - crossing out your to-do list feels so good!   If you've done more than planned then Progress Panther can take care of it as well.   If you've not been able to stick to plan then you have the option to make up for it or reschedule the outstanding tasks to a later date.

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Calendar Cat

This is where you can view your daily study plan.   It shows you how much time is scheduled for each topic and task.   You can use this to help you decide whether to put in more or less hours into your regular weekly timetable, e.g. "there's no way I can go through chapter 3 in 2 hours!   I'd better put in a few more hours every weekend."

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History Horse

It's good to see how well you have managed to stick to plan.   It has a handy overview of the hours and days spent so far to give you the boost (or the kick) that you need!   "7 days in a row - RESULT!"


Planner Pig

Just 3 steps to setting up your exams

Progress Panther

View your to-do's and cross them out when complete!

Overview Owl

A handy summary of what needs doing and for when

Bar Chart Bear

A graphical overview of your progress to date

Calendar Cat

Your day-to-day plan is displayed in full

History Horse

Some useful stats to keep you motivated!


Can you explain the three phase framework?

The three phases are called: STUDY, REVIEW and CONSOLIDATE.

For EACH phase you define the length as well as the timetable and the topics/tasks list. See diagram below.

You don't NEED to use all three phases, for example, you can overlap the STUDY and REVIEW phases to have one if you prefer.

Diagram with the study phases explained. Revision, review and consolidate. Examles of CFA topics provided.

I want to split my study plan into 20 topics but I want to dedicate more time on some than others.   How do I set this up?

For each exam you can setup a list of topics and their associated weights. Planner Pig will use the weights you've entered as a guide to how much time is allocated to each topic in your plan.

The maximum number of topics allowed is 30 per exam to ensure that your plan is not too granular and so avoid micromanaging your time.

I managed to get done more than was planned today.   What options do I have for the extra time gained?

There is an option to mark as complete any additional progress you have made. This will bring your schedule forward spreading the extra time over all your remaining topics.   If you wish to give yourself a day or two off as a reward you can do this by booking in your 'holiday' in the Timetable Exceptions.   Or you could simply postpone the completion of some of your later topics knowing that you still have enough time to cover everything else, although doing it this way means you won't get your gold stars!

Today, Planner Pig says I should have studied 25% of topic X in 2 hours. I found this a bit of a stretch as I only managed to get through about 10%. How can I allocate more time to this topic?

It may be that you have not allowed yourself enough time generally to cover everything.   In such case you should consider dedicating more time per week which will then allow you to go through your study material at a realistic pace and in sufficient depth.   You can do this in one of two ways:

  • Why not consider planning a few days where you study 10-12 hours to boost the total number of hours?   You can add these dates and the planned number of hours in Timetable Exceptions page.
  • Add an hour or two to your weekly timetable.

If this problem is topic specific, e.g. you had underestimated its complexity or the size of the topic, then there are two ways you can go about this:

  • Simply add more weight to this particular topic in the exam setup which will then allocate more time to finish the remainder of the topic
  • Mark the progress on this topic as uncompleted until you have actually done the required percentage and ensure that you have checked "Reassign them to another day and recalculate schedule" option when you update the plan.   This will keep pushing forward this topic into the future until you have actually completed it.   However it will be done at the expense of times allocated to other topics but it will be spread out evenly so it may not actually be noticeable.

Initially I had planned on doing 2 exams but now I think it was a bit ambitious and am running out of time. What can I do?

If you choose to postpone one of the exams to your next sitting you could simply delete the exam and this will reallocate the freed-up time to your remaining exam.

If you have an idea of how much more time you need to dedicate to get back on track to do both exams, you could play around with the number of hours in your weekly timetable to see if it is theoretically and practically possible!

I know that Planner Pig uses the three phases framework but I only want to have a single phase plan.   Can I do this?

You could either:

  • Set your study start date = "Revision" start date = "Study" start date.   This will mean you only have the "Revision" phase to plan for.   Note that this will ignore any inputs you have against the "Study" phase, such as the regular timetable or the list of topics.
  • Set your "Revision" start date = "Consolidate" start date.   Similarly you will only have the "Study" phase to plan for.

These two options are effectively the same.

We advise you still use the "Consolidate" phase (i.e. set the "Consolidate" start date to be at least a few days before the exam) to give yourself the cushion.   Everything is planned for to the nearest hour so Planner Pig also needs a bit of cushion to ensure that the plan doesn't run into and beyond your exam date!

What does it mean "To be completed outside of schedule"?

If you are falling behind your schedule slightly you may decide that you would prefer to catch up with the original plan by studying more for a couple of days or not using your planned days off.   This can be done at your will and by putting these uncompleted tasks into your outstanding list you can still keep a track of your real progress without it affecting your future plan.

I have just downloaded Planner Pig but I have already started studying for my exam.   How do I reflect this when I set up for the first time?

Once you have set the exam name, date and weight, go into the topics list view.   Here you can import a ready-made topics list for your exam (if your exam isn't listed, you can submit it here).   There are two options to reflect your current progress:

  • From the list, delete the topics you have already completed.
  • Or leave the topics list as it is and once you have saved your exam go to Progress Panther.   Tap on 'DONE MORE THAN PLANNED?' and cross out the topics you have already done and submit.

The advantage of going for the second option is that your progress report (e.g. on Bar Chart Bear) will be based on the whole exam.

Our Team

We're a new startup designing and building apps that we like and want to use.   We're passionate about time - we value it highly and we try to make the most of the time that we have which is why we left our City jobs to pursue something closer to heart.   We want to help young people realise the value of time and so you will find this a recurring theme in all our upcoming apps.

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Jade Cho

Jade is a bit of a career nomad.   She wanted to be a graphic designer at school but ended up doing a Physics degree instead.   She didn't know what to do after university so she just stuck around and did a PhD in Biosciences studying the male mosquito's antenna.   For her first real job she worked for a software team in the insurance industry and she gave herself additional challenge by doing the CFA exams. Then she became an actuary, just because it was the natural progression in the industry.   Then one day, for the first time in her life, she made a proactive decision about her working future and left her job to start her own business.   Her varied career path means she finds it easy to come up with original ideas and loves being creative in her new role.

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Manuel Dambrine

Manuel has been a software developer for many years.   He spent the last 8 years at a large asset management company in London.   One day he decided it was time to go back to the roots and rediscover why he became a programmer in the first place all those years ago.   He has built a couple of mobile apps before in his spare time but now he's doing it full time and he's finding much joy in creating things that he finds interesting for a change.

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