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Balance – Manage your study timetable

Managing your study timetable requires balance, which involves:

  • Setting clearly defined goals
  • Achieving goals
  • Understanding your values
  • Being able to retrieve information
  • Never losing sight of your goals
  • Never losing any useful ideas
  • Communicating effectively

Before considering how to manage your timetable, it is a good to remind yourself of your values and why they are important to you.

View the material presented here to learn more.

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Following from what you fit into your life as a student, it’s important to remind yourself of your values.

Do you value education? Remind yourself of why it is important. Remember the big picture – your aspirations – especially when those study challenges appear in front of you.

Be creative, be active! Then tackle one thing at a time.

After viewing the Balance – Your Values video, complete the Goal Setting exercise (in the top right-hand side of this screen).

While it is important that you do other activities apart from your studies during your student life, it is also important to keep check of the balance between your study and non-study activities.

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Did you know that the optimum human concentration span is not more than 20 minutes? Surprised? That doesn’t mean study for only 20 minutes at a time – it means you need to break the pattern. For example, if you’re reading, then you change the task by underlining, highlighting or making notes, or even just rolling your shoulders.

But mostly, when you have an assignment in front of you, think only of the assignment and do only the assignment. Take control of yourself and your time! If you’re distracted by emails, games, text messages, then decide on a time when you will check them. Don’t let them control you!

By the same token, when you are at dinner with your family or friends, or even alone, think only of what or who is in front of you. This is not a new concept. It is popularly known as ‘being in the moment.’ With practice, it really does work.


Worrying or thinking about your study whilst doing another activity is not only wasting time, but is also wasting energy that you’ll need for your study when you’re doing it. So remind yourself that it’s important to do other things during your student life – just keep check of the balance of it.

When your mind starts to wander, let it for a little while, then bring it back. If it really won’t come back, then pose to yourself the option of getting up and going to do what it’s persistent on thinking about. Once you pose this alternative to yourself, more than likely, you’ll be able to concentrate and focus on what you have set yourself to do.

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