Family and work commitments combined with studying can be difficult to manage. Everyone has a unique set of tasks that they need to juggle. Look ahead and anticipate the time you will dedicate to outside commitments each semester. If possible, build on the routines you have outside of university; for example, schedule regular study hours in the same way you plan work shifts. By predicting the time you have available in the future, you will have a clearer idea of what you need to be doing now to achieve the goals you set yourself.
Expected study hours
Depending on your course, you are expected to complete between 15 - 25 hours of independent work each week. Talk to your tutors to find out the independent study commitment required for your course. Divide this time efficiently and effectively between units.
Learn over time
Learning happens over time and with repetition and reflection. Often the most successful learners are those who develop learning routines to get started early and review material regularly as they progress. Bear this in mind when you build your own schedule: packing all your studying into the last minute is likely to lead to unnecessary stress and missed learning opportunities.
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Planning and managing tasks
There is no single, perfect way to organise yourself. Try out different systems and use the one which works best for you. As a rule, keep it simple: keep all your dates and deadlines in one calendar and add all the things you need to do to one list.
This application records and tracks your do lists.
Useful if: You are feeling overwhelmed by all the things they need to do. Note tasks down in a list so that you don't need to keep them in your head, organise them and prioritise them.
Alternative: There are many time management and to do list applications. Other apps include wunderlist and rememberthemilk.com. Search your app store to see if you can find an application that meets your needs.