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Tips and strategies to improve university students' time management.

Tips and strategies to improve university students' time management.

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  • Do any of these apply to you?
  • ‘ when’ – also think of long term planning – e.g. in summer holidays
  • Get students to do this. List what they MUST attend and other fixed commitments. Then go to Virginia Tech link and do a group example.
  • So no two students will need the same study time
  • i.e. 100 hours for a module – realistic?
  • Note electronic calendars available - perhaps look at them here. Easier to update /review than a paper copy
  • Too much? – can you be this regimentalised? Not all the boxes need to be full!
  • Student activity 1 – needs cut up paper (business card size) to write things to do plus one copy per group of the A3 matrix
  • i.e. not just for exams. You will have less time once you are working.
  • i.e. not just for exams. You will have less time once you are working.
  • i.e. not just for exams. You will have less time once you are working.
  • Student activity 2 – students decide where to cut and where she will study – imbalance social/study needs addressing for an essay deadline week.
  • Go back to the blank weekly timetable they filled in at the start.


  • 1. © CELE SAC Guided Independent Learning Time Management SAC Guided Independent Learning Workshop 1
  • 2. © CELE SAC Guided Independent Learning
  • 3. © CELE Self Access Centre
  • 4. WHEN WHAT HOW © CELE Guided Independent learning
      • Identify how much study time you have and when it is.
      • Identify what you need to study. Which skill or which task?
      • Plan how you intend to study. Which materials? Alone or in a group?
  • 5.
    • ‘ You have the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.’
    • (H. Jackson Brown)
    • http://www.courseworks.unimelb.edu.au/gettingorganised/timemanagement.php
    © CELE Academic Support Unit
  • 6.
    • On the blank timetable handout:
    • List all academic commitments: lectures, tutorials, workshops, classes, etc.
    • Add any other fixed commitments, e.g. paid work, house duties, sport, and other areas of responsibility.
    • Look for larger blocks of available time that can be used for study groups, library research, background reading and writing up notes.
    • The Virginia Tech time calculator shows just how much time you really have each week. http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/TMInteractive.html
    © CELE Academic Support Unit
  • 7.
    • Undergraduate Student Handbook 2011-2012
    • Student responsibilities:
    • The teaching staff will expect you to be well-prepared and to take an active role in seminars and classes.
    • You will be expected to do a significant amount of self-study … as working autonomously is crucial to the experience of studying at a British university.
    © CELE Self Access Centre
  • 8.
    • Module recommendation
    • IB, Economics of Innovation, UG Y3, 2009-2010
    • Lectures 10
    • Tutorials 3
    • Tutorial preparation 12
    • Reading and reflection 43
    • Writing assignments 20
    • Revision 10 ½
    • Exam 1 ½
    • Total = 100 hours
    © CELE Time Management Workshop
  • 9.
    • Plan your weekly schedule – when will you study each week and for how long each session?
    • Plan your semester schedule – when is the task/exam and how much time do you have to prepare?
    Google Calendar Excel Spreadsheet Microsoft Outlook Calendar © CELE Academic Support Unit
  • 10.
    • Think about your whole semester and plan ahead.
      • When are the written exams?
      • What other assessments do you have e.g. presentations?
      • When are the important coursework dates e.g. submission, drafts, plans?
      • When do you plan to study for these?
    © CELE Academic Support Unit
  • 11. What do you think about this schedule?
  • 12.
    • Look carefully at your priorities. Identify what is important to you. Rank them in order from 1-10.
    • This will help you prioritize the things you most value and achieve your goals.
    • Allocate a realistic amount of time to each .
    © CELE Self Access Centre
  • 13.
    • The time management matrix gets you to question what is
    • in your life.
    © CELE Guided Independent Learning
  • 14. URGENT NOT URGENT 1 2 3 4 Stress Zone Target Zone Time Wasting © CELE Academic Support Unit
  • 15. © CELE Continuing Support
  • 16.
      • Plan your study activities – what resources will you use and what activities will you do? Set a goal for each self-study session.
    © CELE Self Access Centre
  • 17.
      • 1. Plan your study activities – what resources will you use and what activities will you do? Set a goal for each self-study session.
    • 2. Monitor your progress – use the self-study log to record your study and reward yourself when you meet your goal .
    © CELE Self Access Centre
  • 18. © CELE Self Access Centre
  • 19. Planning Procrastination Prioritizing © CELE Academic Support Unit
  • 20.
    • Procrastination becomes a problem when:
    • you are putting off important activities .
    • you are not achieving your goals .
    • you are causing yourself more stress .
    • you are increasing negative consequences in your career or personal life.
    © CELE Academic Support Unit
  • 21. Procrastinating does not necessarily mean you are lazy or inefficient. It is a habit that you can overcome. Recognize WHY you procrastinate: © CELE Guided Independent Learning
  • 22.
    • Fear of failure. You are scared your writing won’t be good enough so you avoid working on it.
    • Fear of success. You fear that if you work at full capacity, you will turn into a workaholic.
    • Because you are a perfectionist. You are scared of failing to meet your own high standards.
    • Because you're too busy. Practical concerns: jobs, other classes.
    • Because it works? Procrastination can reinforce itself. If you write a paper at the last minute and still get a good grade, you feel procrastination works.
    © CELE Self Access Centre
  • 23. 1) What do red, yellow and orange represent? 3) This student needs 30 study hours this week to finish the essay. What should s/he do? 2) Which task here is most urgent?
  • 24. © CELE Guided Independent Learning