Manage your time
Effective time management relies on a variety of techniques, some of which you probably practise already. As a university student, you (rather than your parents or teachers) will need to take charge of how you spend your time on study and other activities, so that you can achieve the best possible outcomes.
University study is normally considered the equivalent of a full-time job, and you may need to re-prioritise your other commitments and develop new time management strategies. If you are struggling to manage your time commitments, book a consultation with a learning adviser.
Time management essentials View
1. Learn to manage time during the teaching period, the week, and the day. Those are the key areas of focus for you as a student.
2. Time management is essential in order to succeed in your assessments. Even a simple essay or a report involves a number of steps, which need to be planned and cannot all be finished at the last moment:
3. Doing new things will often take longer than you think. When planning, practise contingency management and leave a buffer of time before due dates. That way you will not need to depend on excessive caffeine or excuses to buy yourself more time.
4. Not all tasks deserve the same attention or take the same amount of time to complete, so think and plan first to avoid the stress of trying to achieve everything at the same time.
5. Learn new time management skills: how to prioritise tasks, understanding and avoiding procrastination, steering clear of overplanning, maintaining your focus and staying motivated.
6. There is no simple set of strategies that works for everybody. Consider your own preferences (e.g. is there a part of the day when you are most productive?) and don’t be afraid to try a few new strategies in order to be more organised and efficient with your time.