Top tips to manage your time
It is important to learn how to use your time effectively. Good time management isn't just about making study timetables or work schedules - you need to think about a whole range of things. However great your ideas, and however hard you work, if you can’t make the time to complete or communicate things properly, you won’t get the marks you deserve. So managing your time effectively is key to success at university. The bad news is that no-one is born with great time management skills. The good news - that means anyone can learn them!
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Explore this tutorial to find out our top tips for success. These includes identifying your time management preferences. Plus exploring the linked Get Planning resource.
This resource contains a range of practical tasks to work through, covering a range of time management tools from analsying how you spend your time to identifying your priorities. Spend some time on these activities to help you take control of your time and ensure your study periods are more productive.
More help with time management
Next consider these Time management hints and tips. These quick ideas can help you consider procrastination, acknowledge that not all tasks are equal. Plus consider who your accountability buddies may be. If you like working with others, consider setting up study groups to keep you accountable and motivated.
Finally consider writing a plan for your work and, equality importantly, for your time off. Consider getting a wall planner or diary to plot your deadlines over the coming weeks and months. Then use this weekly plan to identify any university commitments, plus any paid or volunteer work and caring commitments. Allow time for relaxation and sleep. Consider what time you have to allocate working on coursework and study. Short periods of time can soon add up and can be more productive than allocating a full day to coursework, when you may get tired.