Managing your Study Time
We strongly advise you to 'manage' your study time carefully. You should clarify your
aims, identify your strengths and weaknesses, consider the context in which you will be
studying and generate a broad strategy for successfully covering the material and
completing this course.
You should take a broad overview of the requirements of any particular module and
unit; consider your situation, workload and home responsibilities in the relevant
study-period, then develop specific and realistic plans for active study and writing.
You should bear in mind the overall aims that we suggest for each module, but you
may also find it useful to formulate more personal and specific objectives for yourself.
These will help you to focus your study, assess material and apply ideas.
For example, in relation to the process of studying, you might want to set yourself
• The amount of time within which you will seek to complete a task
• The quantity of work you aim to do in a particular week
• Progress through the modules and units, bearing in mind your other
responsibilities and tasks
• Progress on assignments
You should plan and monitor what you do, and where necessary, act to improve the
process, quantity and quality of your work. You should make decisions about the
importance you will attach to tasks, the time you choose to allocate to them, and the
sequence in which you will do them.
People learn in different ways. Creativity, the unexpected and discovery have an
important part to play in education. We do not expect that all students will approach the
business of study in the same way, or in a way we prescribe. We advise and expect
you to be able to manage your study and to be disciplined about how you do it.