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Study Skills

Time Management

Time management means creating systems and processes to organise or allocate time to tasks in order to use your time effectively to achieve your goals. Managing your time effectively helps give you control over your schedule and create a balance between your studies and other aspects of your life.

Goals

Goals are easier to achieve when they are SMART:

  • Specific – what exactly you will do in this time.
  • Measureable – are able to be measured.
  • Achievable – can be attained in the time allowed.
  • Relevant – have clear, meaningful outcomes.
  • Time bound – grounded within a timeframe.

The Swiss Cheese Method

You can turn large goals into a series of smaller or mini SMART goals. Each goal is then more likely to be achievable and realistic.

Example:
Large Goal:

  • Completing an essay.

Mini SMART Goals:

  • Analyse topic and identify key search words.
  • Go to library and search for suitable sources.
  • Read relevant sections of sources noting useful information.
  • Do a broader plan for the essay based on the ideas from lectures and reading.
  • Write the first draft.
  • Review and revise.
  • Make reference list.

You can also choose a reward method to help motivate you, such as checking social media or watching a TV show once you have completed all your SMART goals for the day.

Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is a strategy for managing time and keeping yourself on track in dedicated bursts of time. It involves dividing time into study periods of 25 minutes followed by a break period of 5 minutes. The goal is to focus yourself and minimise distractions by setting aside specific times to study and relax. Check out the video below for more information on how to use this technique.

Tools

Physical and digital tools can help you with time management. Find which ones work for you and commit to using them regularly.