Dublin City University

    Dublin City University

    One of the biggest differences between university and your previous learning experiences will be the increase in both personal freedom and personal responsibility. Coping with this freedom and organising your own learning can be challenging. Some great students have fallen by the wayside in university due to a lack of organisation and self-management skills, particularly in relation to time management. Independent study requires you to plan and organise your time effectively. If you have not been in the habit of managing your own time up to now, it may take a while for you to develop this skill. This handout will help you to improve your time management skills so that you can better meet the competing demands of university life. Being able to manage and organise your time can be linked with the broader skills set which many employers look for as part of project management. [Project management can be defined as the ability to plan, monitor and evaluate using project management tools and techniques to provide workable solutions]. It is important to point out that the guidelines provided in this unit are introductory and generic (in so far as that is possible!). All learning skills should ideally be developed within the particular parameters of your discipline(s). As you engage in the university learning experience you will progressively develop knowledge of subject-specific discourse, and through participating in it come to understand its particular conventions. As you progress you will be in a better position to make decisions on how you should best be dividing your time between different components of your subject areas. In the meantime, if in doubt, check with your lecturers.

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