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1 Managing your own Learning Studying in a Tertiary Environment

2 Adapting to the New Environment In tertiary education the ability to become an independent learner is crucial. You are expected to assume responsibility for your own learning without close supervision. Inner motivation and self discipline are required to cope with the expectations of study at this level. (Payne & Whittaker, 2006) 2 © Central institute of Technology 2013

3 What does this really mean? With greater freedom comes more responsibility. You have a great deal more responsibility for your own success than at high school. It means managing your own time and study between classes. It can feel lacking in structure, but is also liberating. It is important to stay focused and maintain motivation. (Cottrell, 2013) 3 © Central institute of Technology 2013

4 The challenge facing many students is the need to juggle many commitments. They need to balance study with family, friends and sometimes work commitments. Careful planning is required to ensure that assessments are submitted on time and all classes are attended. Maintaining a healthy balanced diet and setting aside time for physical exercise and relaxation are also important. Work, Study, Life Balance 4 © Central institute of Technology 2013

5 Set Yourself Goals Start by thinking about your long-term goals, then develop short-term and medium-term goals to help you achieve them. Remember, goals should be: Realistic Achievable by a certain date Written Flexible (sometimes life gets in the way) Image courtesy of xedos4, freedigitalphotos.net 5 © Central institute of Technology 2013

6 Your Study Workspace is important On campus: the campus library, student area Off campus: your kitchen table, your bedroom, the local library Consider: – Ventilation – Temperature – Lighting – Furniture/Equipment – Distractions 6 © Central institute of Technology 2013

7 Getting the most out of Classes Be punctual Attend all classes Where you sit counts Be prepared Turn off your mobile phone Contribute Keep focused Review afterwards 7 © Central institute of Technology 2013

8 - Keep the lines of communication open - Lecturers encourage students to ask questions. Questions help the lecturer to know what needs to be clarified. Clarifying an issue will help others who also dont understand. By asking questions you are showing the lecturer that you are are interested and involved. Ask if you dont understand 8 © Central institute of Technology 2013

9 Missed a class? - Keep the lines of communication open - If you miss or know you are going to miss a class, contact the lecturer - is often best. Copying another students notes may not be that helpful, as they reflect someone elses interpretation. Find out if information is on Blackboard and access it from there. Ask your study partner to get two sets of of of student handouts. 9 © Central institute of Technology 2013

10 Establish social networks Find a study partner with whom you can: Discuss concepts and ideas in your course Exchange advice and work out problems Collaborate on study tasks Collect student handouts if you miss a class 10 © Central institute of Technology 2013

11 Time Management When you're studying, learning to manage your time effectively will help you achieve your goals and reduces stress. Remember to: Work out your priorities Plan your study sessions Set time limits Use daily to-do lists Create a weekly and semester study timetable 11 © Central institute of Technology 2013

12 Sample Study Timetable (On-campus, full time student) 12 © Central institute of Technology 2013 Day/Time MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday amGYMTRAVELGYM TRAVEL am FOOD amCLASS STUDYCLASSWORK SHOPPING noon CHORES pm LUNCH 1 - 2pmLUNCH 2 - 3pm TRAVELSTUDY 3 - 4pmCLASS WORKLEISURE 4 - 5pm 5 - 6pm TRAVEL DINNER 6 - 7pmCHORESDINNER 7 - 8pmDINNER WORKDINNER 8 - 9pmSTUDY pm LEISURE pm STUDY pm Study Hours

13 Computer Skills These are taught as part of your course. You will be expected to use computers to prepare your assessments; do research; communicate; and access learning materials. It is essential to organise computer files effectively so they can be found quickly and easily. Skills will be provided in: – word processing – spread sheets – presentation software 13 © Central institute of Technology 2013

14 Tips for Working in Groups Exchange contact information Assign roles based on individual strengths Share roles and responsibilities evenly Contribute effectively as a team member Accept that this is a working relationship, not a friendship © Central institute of Technology

15 Group work gives you the opportunity to: Gain experience in collaboration Develop skills relevant to employment Learn more effectively by exchanging ideas with others Participate in a larger project Looks great on your resume Shares the workload Opportunity for multiple viewpoints Enhances social skills and interactions Develops teamwork skills Develops planning skills

16 Summing up… Managing your time and your life. Knowing when assessments are due. Getting started on assessments early. Asking for help early. Accepting that feedback is constructive criticism designed to help you. Exploring your options and finding out all you can about the course. 16 (The Learning Centre UNSW, 2012) © Central institute of Technology 2013 Take responsibility for your own learning by:

17 Andreas role is to support and help you achieve success in your studies. If you have questions or concerns about a particular unit, the course you are enrolled in, your career prospects or just want a bit of a chat, please feel free to contact her. Andrea Redknap, Academic Advisor T: E: Who can I talk to if I want advice? 17 © Central institute of Technology 2013

18 References Cottrell, S. (2013). The study skills handbook (4 th ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Payne, E. & Whittaker, L. (2006). Developing essential study skills (2 nd ed.). Essex: Pearson Education Limited. The Learning Centre, UNSW. (2012). First steps: A beginners guide to university. Retrieved from 18 © Central institute of Technology This presentation created by Nancy Stokes, librarian for Tourism & Events -


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