1.8.2 Planning Your Study Time

One of the most difficult aspects of being a student is fitting in your studying with everything else in your life. This is why this course focuses on organizational skills, including time management. It is important both to find enough time to study and then to try to make the most effective use of your time.

Finding enough time can be a challenge—it often means giving up activities you currently enjoy or perhaps negotiating with your family and friends to pass on some of the daily chores, or to allow you some time to yourself. Nonetheless, it is surprising how much can be achieved in short five- or ten-minute slots, such as recapping previous work, sorting out paperwork, or planning future work. Having found some time, it is also worth thinking about whether this is the best time for you to study and, if not, changing it.

Activity 1.10: Planning Your Study of Unit 2

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes for this activity.

Quickly read through the main headings in Unit 2 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . Using your experience of studying Unit 1, create a rough draft of the times for your study sessions for Unit 2. Remember to include some emergency time in case your timetable does not work out as planned or you want to include further work on Unit 1. At the end of Unit 2 you will be asked to revisit this study planning to see whether it worked out as you planned.

Discussion

A student made the following comment:

“I looked through Unit 2—there are lots of activities. That might slow down my reading. A lot of the activities seem to be about Karen, Levene, and Shehnaz, and then there are others which seem to be about me. I think I’ll study this in several chunks. I’ll have time on Wednesday afternoon to do a couple of hours—might get as far as the part about communication skills.”

It is worth considering the times of day and the lengths of sessions in which you work most productively. For example, if you know you are going to lose concentration after a half-hour or so and also that you are just too tired to study in the evenings, it is probably better to schedule your study time for new topics in half-hour slots in the morning and use the evenings for something else.

If you check off the activities you can do, you will be able to see which areas to ask for extra help on or practice further. This will help you make the best use of your tutorials and study sessions.

1.8.1 Using a Mind Map to Summarize Information

1.9 Conclusion