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Time Management & Study Planning

Key factors in managing your studies Using a Time Planner Sample Time Planner Time Planner templates
(Time planners you can use to plan your study)

This supplement should be read in conjunction with the guidelines in specific Course Profiles and course Moodle sites.

CQU CRICOS Provider Codes: VIC - 01624D; QLD - 00219C; NSW - 01315F

Key factors in managing your studies


Attend all lectures and tutorials to keep up-to-date with course and assignment information. Prepare for classes by completing prescribed readings and activities. Note any questions to ask the teacher. Remember, once you get behind, it is hard to catch up. For every 1 hour of class time, you need to spend at least 1 hour for reading, completing assignments and exam preparation. Take notes (in class and when reading) and write down any areas you dont understand and any questions you have. Reread your notes and test your knowledge regularly to help you prepare for exams and assignments. Start to prepare for your assignments and exams from Week 1, so you are not overwhelmed later: o Read your Course Profiles and course Moodle sites; o Record and highlight due dates for your assignments and exam dates in a diary and on a wall planner; o Plan what you will need to do to start and complete your assignments. For example, if Assignment 1 requires you to write a report and reference two journal articles, you should plan for this by immediately finding out about reports, referencing and researching; o Visit the Learning Skills Unit (Metro Campus) or Academic Learning Centre (Regional Campus) to make appointments for each assessment task. Convert the information into the easiest format for you to understand. For example, if you are a visual learner create a mind map. Form a study group. Take breaks in your study. Take a 5-10 minute break after 40-50 minutes of studying. Sleep and diet are also important.

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Reward yourself after study sessions to ease the stress and provide motivation for study (ie. free time, special foods etc.).

Keep a Time Management Weekly Planner and Term Planner Access Topic 2 Managing time and tasks in the Great Guide to University Study
www.cqu.edu.au/greatguidetouniversitystudy

Using a time planner


A planner will help you to organise the hours of your day so that you can balance all the activities you need to do. You should firstly record all lectures, tutorials, work and other commitments. Then you should look at what times are free and schedule the best times for study and leisure. Remember: it is important to make this planner realistic, so that it works for you. It is important to schedule leisure and free-time in your timetable. Once you have a plan, stick to it! SAMPLE TIME PLANNER Time Management Weekly Planner 7 Dates: 18-24 April Wednesday Thursday Friday
COIS Study

Week:

Monday Tuesday Before 8am 8am-9am 9am-10am 10am-11am 11am-12pm 12pm-1pm 1pm-2pm 2pm-3pm 3pm-4pm 4pm-5pm 5pm-6pm 6pm-7pm 7pm-8pm 8pm-9pm 9pm-10pm After 10pm

Saturday Sunday

ACCT Lecture ACCT Tutorial MGMT Lecture

COMM Lecture MGMT Study Free Time

ACCT Study

COMM Tutorial

Work

ACCT Study MGMT Study COMM Study

MGMT Tutorial COIS Lecture COIS Study

Free time

COMM Study

COIS Tutorial Work Movies Free time

Work

Soccer Training

Free time

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TIME MANAGEMENT WEEKLY PLANNER Week: Dates:

MONDAY
Before 8am 8am-9am 9am-10am 10am-11am 11am-12pm 12pm-1pm 1pm-2pm 2pm-3pm 3pm-4pm 4pm-5pm 5pm-6pm 6pm-7pm 7pm-8pm 8pm-9pm 9pm-10pm After 10pm

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

CQU CRICOS Provider Codes: VIC - 01624D; QLD - 00219C; NSW - 01315F

Study Period Planner: Year


WEEK COURSE

Term
8 9 10 11 12
EXAM WEEK/S

UNI STUDY BREAK

For each Course, insert Course Code in left column. Add important information such as: assignment type, weighting, due dates and exam dates.

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