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Time management skills

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Managing your time is a key element in successful study. This section shows you how you can best organise the time you have available and motivate yourself to use it wisely.

For specific advice and support relating to your current study please contact your tutor, or go to your module website or study guide.

Covered in this section

  • Planning and prioritising
  • Study goals
  • Distractions and procrastination
  • Time management tips
  • If you fall behind
  • 25 mins to complete this section
  • Video (5)

Finding a strategy

Your study guide tells you know how many hours you need to find each week for your study, and it would be easy if it was just a matter of, say, allocating two hours a day to your module and your time management was done. But most OU students have busy lives which sometimes conflict with their study plans, and everyone suffers from a lack of motivation on occasion, whether they are busy or not.

You will probably find that during your studies you'll use several different approaches to time management, depending on other demands and the experience you gain of what works best for you.

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