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Presentation on theme: "Time Management Sara Steinke GET AHEAD POSTGADUATE SUMMER PROGRAMME 2012."— Presentation transcript:


2 Aims of the session Study skills audit of how well you use your time Importance of identifying your long-term goals Think about how to prioritise your tasks Start to establish your study time table

3 Why consider time management? Adult learners have many, often competing, demands on their time involving family and work and study Often it is not lack of ability that prevents students from achieving their best, but poor time management Time management relates to other study skills – study space, essay writing, presentations, exams, revision, reading, note-taking Good time management helps you to achieve your long-term goals

4 Think about the following What are the current pressures on your time? Have you thought about how you are going to fit in studying? If so, what ideas have you had? Have you considered the difference between time management at under and postgraduate level?

5 Studying lectures, reading, writing sleeping/ eating exercise/ relaxation home/ personnel work travel socialising

6 How well do I use my time?YesNo 1. I use small pockets of time effectively. 2. I do enough rather than aiming at perfection. 3. I say NO when I lack time. 4. I use a diary to prioritise my activities. 5. I am able to work on my own, and set my own goals.

7 1.Small pockets of time – around 45 minutes – are more productive; short and frequent portions of time soon mount up 2.Pareto Principle: 20% of our efforts deliver 80% of our results; 20% effort delivers an acceptable result, not perfect, but good enough 3. LOreal principal – because youre worth it; educate your family, friends and colleagues to respect your study space/time 4. Use one diary to create a to-do list; prioritise tasks; note deadlines; write down dates you must begin working towards the deadlines 5.Key difference between under and postgraduate study: self-direction, motivation, avoiding procrastination

8 Procrastination Perfectionism Lack of self discipline Worrying Personal disorganisation Lack of priorities Inability to say no Indecisiveness Socialising (too much) Intrusions (visitors, calls) Not finding resources Excessive family demands Not able to contact people 1. Which of these time wasters apply to you? 2. How are you going to deal with these time wasters?

9 Short, medium and long term goals Professional, academic, personal


11 List of things to do A Importance Need to do scale 6 (unimportant) to 10 (essential) B Urgency Do now? scale 1 (must be done at once) to 5 (it can wait) C Subtract the score in column B from column A. The higher scores in column C are priorities. D Order of priority/ When Number the order of priorities Use colour coding 1. 2.

12 Identify how are you going to use these ideas that we have thought about in this workshop to establish and stick to a study timetable.

13 1.Write down the three most important things about time management that you have learnt/thought about in this session? Why were they important to you? 2.What are your areas for improvement in your time management? What are you doing to do to improve this aspect of your learning?

14 Recap of the session Study skills audit of how well you use your time What are you doing well? What action/s do you need to take to organise your time? Explored your long-term goals A re they S.M.A.R.T.? – do not set yourself up to fail Thought about techniques for prioritising your tasks Short and frequent periods of study, use a diary, self-direction and motivation Started to used the above skills to establish a study timetable

15 Cottrell, S. (2008) The Study Skills Handbook, 3 rd Edition (London, Palgrave) chapter 4 The C.R.E.A.M. Strategy for learning pp.70-79 skills4study/studyskills/ learning/time.asp (relevant tips and activity related to the above book) mybirkbeck/services/facilities /support/time-management (online resources available on the Birkbeck Library website) mybirkbeck/get-ahead-stay- ahead/skills/organisational- skills (a 20 minute interactive tutorial supporting this Student Orientation programme)

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