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Risks to Study

  1. 1. ‘Its just a question of time: learning by distance in a 21st century university’<br />Presented by <br />Elizabeth Partington<br />s0155407<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Students are diverse individuals<br />Reasons for choosing Distance Learning<br />Today we will look at findings of a distance learning study<br />Risks to study time of Procrastination & Stress<br />Time management ideas to help students involve their families and find time to study<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Studies & Distance Learning<br />2003 Deacon University – 1st year psychology findings -<br />Off-campus students – higher confidence in study strategy, spent more time studying units, positive about computer use and gave electronic resources greater value and utilised them more <br />3<br />
  4. 4. Review your first term.<br />How did you start?<br />Were you organised and planned? <br />Did procrastination and/or stress effect your study time?<br />Did your studies and assignments run on time?<br />What had good or bad affects on your time use?<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Risk of Procrastination<br />Wikipedia definition – is a behaviour which is characterised by deferment of actions or tasks to a later time<br />Procrastination is – counterproductive, needless and delaying<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Why is Procrastination a problem for university distance learning?<br />You have control over your own time<br />What and how you are expected to learn may be less clear<br />You may find you are getting less guidance<br />Some of your old study techniques may not be effective<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Finding – Structured Procrastination<br />Essay by John Perry – justifying procrastination as a form of perfectionism<br />An ability to be busy doing unimportant tasks on your list of to do’s as a way of avoiding important tasks<br />But minimising of tasks to just a few important ones will lead to becoming lazy.<br />Website www.structuredprocrastination.com<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Still Procrastinating?<br />Procrastinating can result in:<br />Stress<br />A sense of guilt<br />The loss of personal productivity<br />The creation of crisis<br />Disapproval from others for not fulfilling responsibilities or commitments<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Risk of Stress<br />Accepted definition (attributed to Richard S Lazarus)<br />stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that ‘demands exceed personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilise’<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Stress – how to cope?Easy but short term solutions only<br />Unhealthy ways<br />Smoking<br />Excessive alcohol<br />Bad eating habits<br />Zoning out – TV or computer<br />Withdrawal from family, friends and activities<br />Drug use<br />Procrastinating<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Stress – how to cope?Longer term management<br />Change the situation:<br /><ul><li>Avoid the stressor – say no to additional tasks
  12. 12. Alter the stressor – express to others the importance of time to study</li></ul>Change your reaction:<br /><ul><li>Adapt to stressor – use all available moments of time to study, start assignments earlier, remember your long term goal
  13. 13. Accept the stressor – many things are beyond our control</li></ul>11<br />
  14. 14. Distance Learning study and Time Management<br />We cannot manage time itself there are only 24 hours in a day!<br />Only 7 days in a week and only 12 weeks in a term!<br />Deadlines for course work need to be met!<br />12<br />
  15. 15. Meaningful Priority and Time Management by Don Clayton<br />Managing yourself – personal focus on health, when is your mental best, motivation and commitment, time to think/plan<br />Managing tasks – urgency verses importance, avoid only setting short term goals and not creating continuity of motivation, limit interruptions (telephone, email, people)<br />Managing other people – communicate the importance of your study time, delegate other tasks clearly and concisely<br />13<br />
  16. 16. Changes and life long learning<br /><ul><li>Do you need to change your expectations and flexibility to ensure time is given to study?
  17. 17. What worked well and how can you build on this?
  18. 18. Look for alternative ideas – research, self help books, internet and university resources.
  19. 19. There is help at hand – CQU student services, support and counselling services. ASK! </li></ul>14<br />
  20. 20. Conclusion<br />As a Hong Kong study into distance learning found: <br /> a sense of efficacy will also contribute to the development of optimal motivation as efficacy beliefs predicted both attitudes and achievement levels over time.<br /> (Ng 2002)<br />15<br />
  21. 21. THE END<br />16<br />
  22. 22. References<br />Armatas, C, Holt, D & Rice, M 2003. ‘Impacts of online-supported, resource-based learning environment: does one size fit all?’ Distance Education vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 141-159, (online ProQuest)<br />Clayton, D 2004, Meaningful Priority and Time Management [online]. In: Leadershift: The Work-life Balance Program; pages: 30-65. viewed 18 April 2009, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=646526243930189;res=IELHSS<br />Helpguide, n.d., Stress Management, viewed 19 April 2009, http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stess_management_relief_coping.htm<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procrastination<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_management<br />Ng,C 2002, ‘Relations between motivational goals, beliefs, strategy use and learning outcomes among university students in a distance learning mode: A longitudinal study’, paper presented to the Annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Brisbane 2002, (online Informit)<br />Perry, J n.d., Structured procrastination, viewed 19 April 2009, http://structuredprocrastination.com/<br />Student Counselling Service, 2003, ‘Procrastination and university learning’ University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, viewed 19 April 2009, http://www.tla.ed.ac.uk<br />17<br />