Archived (Time management)

This book looks at time management; the importance of attending lectures; reading effectively; the art of taking notes.

Time management

Use effective study units


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To be effective, studying should be an active process. It is ineffective to sit for long periods just reading as very little information is retained this way.

Timetable one hour study slots

Lectures and tutorials rarely exceed one hour, because few people  can concentrate for longer than an hour without taking a break.

How much time should I spend on a big assignment?

  • Allocate time to assemble materials in advance, your thoughts and to "warm-up" to the larger task.
  • Aim to complete an experiment report or essay at a single session.
  • Estimate how long your task might take eg/if it can be completed in 2 to 3 hours, do so.
  • If your task will take longer, aim to complete one section/chapter per session.

Plan your study units for each week using a Weekly Planner:

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