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All my own work: exploring academic integrity
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5.1 Where does time go?

The first step towards improving your time management skills is to understand how you are currently using your time.

A sand timer.

Activity 3

Timing: Allow approximately 30 minutes.

Reflecting on your current workload is important when considering how you will plan your time. In this activity, you will complete a timetable. Try to be honest and realistic – the list of activities in the sample provided is just to provide you with some suggestions. For example, you may be a keen runner, and try to fit in a run every day, or perhaps you take a child to after-school/weekend activities. It’s most useful to complete the timetable in ‘real time’ over a week, rather than estimate the time you spent on each activity. It may be quite enlightening to see where your time is going.

Study time calculator [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

Once you have completed your calculator you should be in a position to see how you are using your time – and how much time you realistically have available to study.

Once you have completed this activity, you will be ready to reflect on your study plans, so you can use that time effectively.