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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.
  • Time Management

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