Taking Control of your time

Taking control of your time can help to reduce anxiety and improve your performance. Listed below are some tips on how to manage your time. Apply these tips not just to academic work but to anything you have to manage.

It may be better not to make lots of changes in one go, small steps in the right direction are more easy to sustain. Don't get downhearted if things don't improve immediately, learning new habits can take time but with patience and perseverance you can improve things.

Think ahead

  • Start work as early as possible, it will make you feel more in control.
  • Rushing to meet a deadline leads to stress, and your health and other commitments can suffer as a result.
  • Identify problems early, giving you time to make appointments with tutors for help, and meet up with other students who might have the same difficulties.
  • Plan to hand your work in before it's due.
  • Helps to prioritize and organize your study time.
  • Stops the day getting swallowed up by other commitments.
  • Helps you identify periods of potential study time around other commitments.
  • Helps with self-motivation.
  • Breaks the work down into manageable chunks.
  • Stops you feeling overwhelmed by all the competing demands on your time.
  • Identify what time of day is your most effective study time.
  • Identify how long you can concentrate effectively.
  • Plan time out for yourself and don't feel guilty when you have it.
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve.
  • If you know you are unable to meet a deadline talk to your tutor as soon as possible.

Make a timetable

  • Helps to prioritize and organize your study time.
  • Stops the day getting swallowed up by other commitments.
  • Helps you identify periods of potential study time around other commitments.
  • Helps with self-motivation.
  • Breaks the work down into manageable chunks.
  • Stops you feeling overwhelmed by all the competing demands on your time.
  • Identify what time of day is your most effective study time.
  • Identify how long you can concentrate effectively.
  • Plan time out for yourself and don't feel guilty when you have it.
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve.
  • If you know you are unable to meet a deadline talk to your tutor as soon as possible.

Balance your time effectively

  • Identify what time of day is your most effective study time.
  • Identify how long you can concentrate effectively.
  • Plan time out for yourself and don't feel guilty when you have it.
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve.
  • If you know you are unable to meet a deadline talk to your tutor as soon as possible.