Study Tips:  How to Manage Study Time

 

TIME MANAGEMENT

Some people naturally manage time well, others do not.

You should assume that a significant proportion of distance education students will have trouble managing time.

Even if you indicate the number of hours required to complete a lesson; many will spend far longer; and perhaps do far more on some aspects of their course than what is required.

There is a danger in this, in that certain aspects can become over emphasised, and as a result, the student’s perception of what they are studying can become unbalanced.

Example

If for instance a student who is studying human fitness spends four times as long on a lesson relating to nutrition, and skims through other lessons such as stretching and cardio respiratory fitness; there is then potential for the graduate to be always thinking about nutrition as the cause of a fitness problem, before considering stretching/flexibility or cardiorespiratory fitness.

 

 

 

Time Management Guidelines for students (adapted from the ACS Student Manual)

 

We recommend the time-management principles below:

 

  • Set yourself clear study goals. Set realistic goals and try to stick to those goals as closely as possible.
  • Establish a time limit for each task. Time management requires you to establish time priorities. This means not spending too much time on some assignments or tasks and leaving too little time for other assignments or tasks. Be prepared to limit the time you spend undertaking some tasks, even if you are not always completely happy with the results. If you were in a classroom with deadlines for assignments, you would need to limit the time spent on individual assignments in order to complete a course or a qualification within the permitted time frame. You also need to work within time frames in most jobs, so learn this skill.
  • Aim for completion rather than perfection. For one thing, it is always possible to improve a task or assignment, so the quest for perfection can never end. Instead, do the best you can within the allotted time, rather than seeking perfection. It is better to complete the basic requirements of a task well, than to spend excessive time trying to perfect secondary aspects of the work.  
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SUPPLEMENTARY READING
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