Study skills: Time management


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Guidance for students in HE on getting smarter at managing your time.

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  • The important thing to remember with critical path analysis is that you need to make sure that you start working on the things that take the longest first – you can fit shorter and quicker tasks around them.
  • You want everything to be ready at the same time so start at the deadline, give yourself a week to faff about and redraft, and then count backwards. That way you will make sure the most important tasks get enough time and you won’t miss anything out. USE A DIARY OR A CALENDAR OR A WALL PLANNER AND MARK HAND-IN DATES ON IT – BE AWARE OF WHAT DAY IT IS TODAY!
  • Set yourself goals and work out an action plan to meet them – all the smaller steps that add up to the larger goal. Your goal must be SMART: well-defined (what, where, who and how); have a clear target for success so you know when you’ve done it; take into account all your resources, including knowledge and time; link it to your other goals; and have a deadline to work towards.
  • Study skills: Time management

    1. 1. Time management Dr Carina Buckley
    2. 2. Academic work in a nutshell <ul><li>Understand the task </li></ul><ul><li>Find information </li></ul><ul><li>Find good information </li></ul><ul><li>Make note of good information </li></ul><ul><li>Carry out the task </li></ul><ul><li>Carry out the task by the deadline </li></ul>
    3. 3. Parkinson’s Law <ul><li>The amount of time one has to complete the task is the amount of time it will take to complete the task </li></ul><ul><li>Work expands to fill the time available </li></ul>
    4. 4. Student Syndrome <ul><li>The phenomenon whereby a student will only begin to fully apply her/himself to a task immediately before the deadline </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eliyahu Goldratt 1997, The Critical Chain </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. PROCRASTINATION <ul><li>What ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Counter-productive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delaying </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of self-confidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apathy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impulsiveness </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Procrastination: the terrible results <ul><li>Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of planning </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of marks </li></ul>
    7. 7. Things that might help <ul><li>Know what date it is today </li></ul><ul><li>Know the dates of your deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Use a diary or calendar ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Work backwards from your deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Come up with some sort of plan </li></ul><ul><li>Understand yourself </li></ul>
    8. 8. Critical path analysis Feel like a cuppa Check you have teabags and milk Fill the kettle and switch on Put teabag into mug Find (clean) mug Pour boiling water onto tea and brew Add milk TIME
    9. 9. Critical path analysis START SERVE TIME Lay table Assemble plates, cutlery, ketchup Prepare cooking equipment Prepare ingredients Heat beans Grill bacon and mushrooms Fry eggs Toast bread
    10. 10. Work SMARTly <ul><li>S pecific </li></ul><ul><li>M easureable </li></ul><ul><li>A ttainable </li></ul><ul><li>R elevant </li></ul><ul><li>T ime-bound </li></ul><ul><li>Work out your goal </li></ul><ul><li>Break down the steps needed to get there </li></ul><ul><li>Do them </li></ul>
    11. 11. Learning Skills at Solent <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>023 8031 9336 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get in touch </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Follow us on twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
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