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Managing your time effectively

Alongside attending lectures, labs, seminars or supervisions you are responsible for planning and managing your university work.

Girl studying in the libraryWhether you have a lot of contact time or only a little, you will have other work to complete.

You have flexibility about when you complete your wider reading, assignments or research. There is no right way to plan your week; instead it's best to find out what work patterns are most effective for you.

The library might be open 24 hours in term time but it is not productive to work non-stop. You're unlikely to produce your best work if you are burnt out.

Planning your time can help ensure you don't miss anything and complete work on time. It can also help you prioritise what you will do when.

It's not all about planning your university work though. You should also make time to do the things you enjoy. Studying at university is about finding the balance between work, life and other responsibilities.

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Student Support

The Writing Development Centre

The Writing Development Centre tutors can help you:

  • evaluate your approach to studying
  • explore more effective, productive working strategies
  • plan and manage your projects and assignments
  • implement strategies for dealing with procrastination or writer's block
  • understand the expectations of your course and how to prioritise your workload

Go to the Writing Development Centre page.

Specialist Learning Team

The team support students who have a specific learning difficulty to:

  • identify effective time management strategies
  • formulate work plans
  • prioritise tasks and identify next steps

Go to the Specialist Learning page.

Mental Health and Counselling

The team support students with any underlying issues which may be affecting their wellbeing and academic life.

For example, they work with students who may:

  • be experiencing low mood or a lack of motivation
  • feel too anxious to attend lectures and seminars or to focus on work

Go to the Mental Health and Counselling page.