Time management

Successful students establish strategies for how to deal with programmes requirements. 

Managing your study

A few suggestions for managing your study include:  

  • get your textbooks as soon as you know what you need.
  • start studying as soon as your study materials are available - 12 weeks goes by quickly!
  • check your study materials or Stream for a week by week guide - you will usually find a list of activities that you should be doing that week.
  • put together a semester plan - know when your assessments are due and when you can fit in the 12 hours per week for each course – you will need to manage competing priorities.
  • maximise your study effectiveness by matching time and activities. For example: 30 minutes to review a summary, 1 hour to read a chapter perhaps, 2-3 hours to track down references for an essay. For further information view our online time management strategy presentation.
  • have a back-up plan. What will you do if you can’t complete the allocated study in a given week? Will you have time to catch up?
  • think about your assessments when you are reading study guides, articles, etc. How will you use what you read in your assessments?
  • prioritise what you read. Start with compulsory readings then recommended readings. Take good notes to ensure you do not have to go back and re-read everything.
  • understand when you are in the right frame of mind to engage with your study materials. Plan your study for the time of day when you learn best - morning, afternoon,
    evening.

Further information

Planning assessments

As well as all of the reading that you will need to do, you will also need to complete a series of assessments.

A few suggestions for managing your assessments include:

  • know by Day 1 when your assessments are due.
  • estimate how much time each assessment will take to complete – for written assignments check out the online assignment calculator. 
  • schedule time to study for online tests, and to participate in online forums if you have them.
  • give yourself more time rather than less. It may sound obvious, but do not leave everything to the last evening before the assessment is due.
  • ensure you know how assessments fit around your readings and other course work.
  • ask your family and friends to support you either by helping out around the house or by bouncing ideas off them.
  • if you are taking more than one course in a semester it is possible that assessment deadlines will overlap. Plan to manage this.

Further information

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