Time management can be a challenge for most people at some point in their study journey. Here are some ideas that can make time management easier and help you get the most out of your study.
Time management basics
Create a study timetable so you can plan your days. Recognise your preferences and commitments and build them into your timetable:
Establish a routine: (your brain often works best in a regular rhythm)
Use your diary and wall planner and add:
Notice and manage 'hotspots'. Identify the times when you have a number of commitments. If you have lots of assignments at a particular point that means you need to start and finish some of the assignments earlier than you would normally plan to.
Set realistic goals:
Think about how you can organise your study materials such as lecture notes, handouts, course guides etc.
One of the best ways to save time is to organise your work into folders (names/dated) so you can find your materials quickly. A simple system for managing your hard copy materials (and e-materials) that works for you can make your study time much more productive. Think about:
If you choose a folder system - how will you organise a topic into subtopics?
For your hard-copy materials, think about:
Organising materials like this can take some extra time initially but there is a major pay-off in terms of assignment and exam preparation. It can also help you feel more confident about your learning.
Think of ways to reward yourself for study done!