Exercise: My Study and Other Commitments Schedule

Managing your weekly study timetable requires a balance between academic and non-academic activities, such as the following:

ACADEMIC

NON-ACADEMIC

Lectures/tutorials

Personal

Seminars

Private study

Class preparation

Social

Class review

Financial

Assignment prep

 

Assignments

 

Assignment review

 

Exam prep

 

Exam

 

Having several things happening at the same time makes life interesting. This activity will help you to break up big tasks into smaller sections and set your own deadlines.

  1. Over a period of one week, monitor that which you do each day and fill in the My Study and Other Commitments Schedule. Try to include as much detail as possible.

    For example: Monday 8:30 am - travel to university

  2. Now use your highlighter pens to colour code different parts of your week. Here's a code to use:

    Yellow = Travel
    Green = Study/University Work
    Orange = Home duties (cooking/cleaning/washing etc)
    Pink = Relaxation/Eating/Leisure time,
    Blue = Sleeping

    Purple = Other (eg other kinds of work/other activities)

  3. Look over your completed and colour-coded week. What does it tell you about your time management? Are there any activities upon which you would like to spend less/more time?

  4. Now use this information to assist you in completing your second form. On this form you simply need to think about how well you use your time and what strategies you can implement to improve your time management.

  5. Over the next week, fill in another copy of the weekly time management sheet. At the end of the week, you can compare it to the one you completed earlier. Check to see if anything has changed or improved in regard to your use of time.
    1. How much time are you spending preparing for class: pre-reading, revising notes, making notes?
    2. How much time are you spending rewriting notes and checking on things you did not understand?
    3. How much time are you spending planning your schedule?
    4. How much time are you spending reading for assignments?
    5. What times during the day are you concentrating well?
    6. What times are you not concentrating well?
    7. How long does it take you to really get down to work?
    8. How often during the day do you find yourself just doing nothing or daydreaming or procrastinating?
    9. Are you looking and planning far enough ahead of deadlines?
    10. Do you have a "fallback position" if something goes wrong?

By doing this activity, it may have helped you to identify the process that you go through to prepare and participate in university study. You may have discovered the following: [Show...]