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GET AHEAD SUMMER PROGRAMME 2011 . Time management Sara Steinke . Aims of the session. T o explore your long-term goals T o consider how to prioritise your tasks T o establish a study timetable. Why consider time management?.

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  1. GET AHEAD SUMMER PROGRAMME 2011 Time management Sara Steinke

  2. Aims of the session • To explore your long-term goals • To consider how to prioritise your tasks • To establish a study timetable

  3. Why consider time management? • adult learners have many, often competing/conflicting, demands on their time, particularly involving family and work • in most cases, it is not ability that prevents students from achieving their best, but poor time management • related to other study skills required at university – study space, essay writing process, presentations, exams, reading for learning

  4. Think about the following • What current pressures are there on your time? • Have you thought about how you are going to fit in studying? If so, what ideas have you had? Don’t worry if not, this session is a good opportunity to start and will suggest some ideas.

  5. Small pockets of time – around 45 minutes – are more productive. Short and frequent portions of time soon add up. Recognise and deal with procrastination; set short, medium and long term goals; identify your time wasters (self-inflicted and given) Pareto Principle – 20% of our efforts deliver 80% of our results; 20% effort delivers an acceptable result, not perfect, but good enough L’Oreal principal – ‘because you’re worth it’; educate your family, friends and colleagues to respect your study space/time Use one diary to create a ‘to-do list’; prioritise tasks; note deadlines; write down dates you must begin working towards the deadlines.

  6. Establishing a study timetable Write down three time management aspects that you have learnt/thought about in this class. How are you going to use these ideas to plan – and stick to – a study timetable?

  7. Recap • We started to identify how well you use your time and how you will fit in your study (known as a study skills audit) • We explored your short, medium and long term goals – S.M.A.R.T. • We thought about techniques for prioritising your tasks and establishing a study time table

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

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