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  1. 1. <ul><li>Disability Group Learning Support (DGLS) </li></ul><ul><li>Managing your university workload </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><ul><ul><li>In this session on managing your workload we will cover: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The characteristics needed to be successful at university. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Your responsibilities at university </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Important tips on getting yourself organised </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different resources for organisation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>You are an independent learner at university. </li></ul><ul><li>What characteristics are you expected to have? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Independence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Openness to working with others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to work out things for yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to set goals to improve your work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to organise your time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to work out when, how and where you learn best </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These characteristics are also what are needed in the work force! </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>What are your responsibilities at university? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly tutorials, seminars, practical sessions, lab work or workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments which include course work essays, reports and other forms of written work depending on your course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examinations: in class assessments and end of the semester exams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping up to date with reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting notes and quizzes from Moodle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewing these notes as they relate to lectures and reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And other activities that relate to your courses </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Important tips: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course outline and reading lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Index book for subject terms and definitions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow 6 weeks for a major assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is essential to plan and not leave things until the last minute. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Getting books from the library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading as soon as list is given </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working backwards from the due date so you can make weekly plans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allowing for other commitments from work, family and the unexpected! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>A colour coded list of assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly timetable </li></ul><ul><li>Semester timetable </li></ul><ul><li>“ To do” list </li></ul><ul><li>Gmail calendar – text alerts for free </li></ul><ul><li>Diary – paper based, PDA or a mobile phone </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You should plan and organise your workload </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You should have planners, weekly timetables and “To do” lists </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You should understand the importance of balance in your timetable </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You should understand the use of colour in planning your timetables </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>

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