2.1 Time management
Managing your time is a key element in studying successfully.
This course is designed to be studied over 16 hours. As you study, you will probably find that you’ll use several different approaches to managing your time – which will help you to learn what works best for you.
Try to look ahead and plan what to do when, because planning and setting aside time for your studies is important. If you are working towards passing the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) Level 1 examination, planning is a key element in successfully preparing for an exam.
Tips for successfully managing your time
- Create a schedule that includes all of your commitments relating to study, work and your personal or social life for the next ten weeks.
- Do the work you find most difficult when your concentration is strongest.
- Take regular breaks, perhaps every 45 minutes.
- Be flexible – reflect on whether your study pattern is working. For example, if you are getting less done in the evenings than you hoped, try something different – perhaps by studying in the early morning.
- Avoid over-committing your time by doing too much.
- Don’t leave things until the last minute.
Good time management skills can be transferred to the workplace and are key to the competencies that a good immigration adviser is expected to demonstrate.