All my own work: exploring academic integrity
All my own work: exploring academic integrity

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5.2 Being SMART

Now that you’ve worked out how much time you have available for study, you need to decide how to use that time. Sometimes you can approach study with good, but rather vague, intentions. The SMART strategy is a way to think about tasks and to clarify your goals – and keeps you in control.

Explore the interactive below to find out more about this approach.

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Figure 2 SMART goals
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Studying can seem overwhelming at times and the SMART approach offers a way to begin to tackle tasks. You may find that it helps you to be more organised and focused.

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