You will spend most of your time working on your own at University. This offers wonderful opportunities for using the bulk of your time in ways that suit your personal preferences. Some people prefer to study early in the morning or in the middle of the night.
The main risks are:
- feeling there is more time available than there is
- not developing sufficient structure to your time to ensure you get everything done
- missing deadlines
- drifting - not being sure where you are in time if you have few regular appointments to mark out the time
You will be responsible for organising your time and ensuring you meet necessary deadlines. Tutors do not accept excuses for missed deadlines. If you miss a deadline, you may have to retake part of your programme or be unable to complete at all. This means time management skills are essential.
- Keep one diary - write everything in it - take it everywhere
- Keep a time planner so you can see easily what you need to do
- Write all deadlines in your diary on the right date
- Also, write the assessment deadline in your diary, on the date you must begin working towards the deadline
- Allow time for travel and delays between appointment
For further information please see Chapter 4 of The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell.