Managing Your Time in FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING Adapted
Managing Your Time in FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING Adapted from : Learning Strategies Development Queens University Three part process Becom e Aware Get Organiz ed
Set Goal s 2 Three part process Becom e Aware Get Organiz ed
Set Goal s 3 Research shows: Practicing effective time management skills can increase your overall average by 10-15%! AND (more importantly!) You will get more out of your courses,
enjoy the subjects more, and 4 Developing good time management habits is a life-long journey Where are you starting from? 5 a)My planner is a thing of beauty. Procrastination is
for other people. I hand in projects before the teacher even has a folder to put them in. b)Ive got all my due dates written down, and try to start bigger projects well in advance. I do struggle a bit with motivation when the deadlines are far away, or I dont really enjoy the course though. c)My planning horizon is about two days ahead. More than once Ive been surprised when my friends remind me about a deadline that I had forgotten d)Planning ruins my spontaneity. I feel most alive at 4 AM, wired on Reb Bull, blitzing the 10-page report that is due in 3 hours. 6
Which of those students is likely to understand the material better? Which of those students is most likely to overwhelmed when several deadlines hit at once? Which of those students do you want to work with for each Mod 3 project deadline? 7 Your First Year in Engineering You are engineering students!
You have more courses than students in other faculties. You have no easy courses. So how much studying are we talking 8 There are 168 hours in each week to do EVERYTHING
Eat Sleep Study Exercise, socialize, hobbies, volunteer, etc. 9 Activity Hours YOU TIME 168
10 Activity Sleep (7 x 8) Hours 56 YOU TIME 112 11
Activity Sleep (7 x 8) In-Class Hours 56 26 YOU TIME 86 12
Activity Sleep (7 x 8) In-Class Studying time Hours 56 26 26 YOU TIME 60
13 Activity Sleep (7 x 8) In-Class Studying time Eating/exercise/showering (7 x 6) Hours 56 26 26
42 YOU TIME 18 14 So. not a lot of wiggle room. TIME MANAGEMENT IS KEY TO: Getting the most of out of studying, Having enough time for yourself, and Not feeling guilty about it! 15
Start well, Monitor, Analyse, Revise Start Well: Today you will set up a weekly schedule to manage your time. Monitor: Just before mid-terms, monitor your time use and revise if you need to. 16 Three part process Becom e
Aware Get Organiz ed Set Goal s 17 Goals: Help us determine a direction Assess whether we are on track Enables us to celebrate our
achievements! Goals should be: Realistic Specific Measurable 18 Sample time management goals I will make a weekly work plan, and follow that schedule at least 5 days out of 7. I will schedule brief nightly review sessions, and will complete those
every weeknight. In the first three weeks, I will start 19 Three part process Becom e Aware Get Organiz ed Set
Goal s Strategies for Organizing Scheduling : reserving time for Most LEARNING material as well as doing important assigned work Organizing: your study space, your notes in binders with tabs, find old exams early in the term.. Analyzing: is my schedule working? Am I focusing on the right things? 21
Building your own time-managed weekly schedule You need to know your section number (e.g. 04, 10) If you do not know your section number, sign on to SOLUS. From the other academic drop down menu, select Class Schedule. Your section number shows up in the last two numbers of your tutorial and labs. 22
Guidelines 1.Problem sets are best done in 1-2 hour block times - try to schedule these an evening or two before tutorials. 2.For weekly Mastering/Webwork try and schedule 2-3 days they close so you have time to ask about problems you cant do right away 3.Reserve at least 30 minutes for 23
CHEMISTRY 3 hours in total. Weekly homework practice problems (2 hours). Weekly Mastering Chemistry online quiz due Monday at 8:30AM (1 hour). APSC 151 EARTH SYSTEMS APSC 143 COMPUTING APSC 100 PROF ENG SKILLS Module 1
Module 2 2 hours in total. Studying, and assignments given in labs to either finish then or by the next lab period (2 hours) 5 hours in total. Weekly homework problems (3 hours) plus on-line assignment due Friday at 11:00 am (2 hours). 3 hours in total. Additional programming problems for practice. 6 hours - Module 1 (problem solving): group work and pre-quiz work 2 hours - Module 2 (experimentation): prelab quizzes to be completed the day before your lab session. 24
Your turn: go to: http://tiny.cc/engtime [Built as an APSC 100 Mod 3 project, and a summer Engineering student!] 25 Course Requirements APSC 111 PHYSICS APSC 171
CALCULUS 5 hours in total. Weekly assignments due Wednesday evenings (3 hours). APSC 131 CHEMISTRY 3 hours in total. Weekly homework practice problems (2 hours). Weekly Mastering Chemistry online quiz due Monday at 8:30AM (1 hour). APSC 151 EARTH
SYSTEMS APSC 143 COMPUTING APSC 100 PROF ENG SKILLS Module 1 Module 2 2 hours in total. Studying, and assignments given in labs to either finish then or by the next lab period (2 hours) 5 hours in total. Weekly homework problems (3 hours) plus on-line assignment due Friday at 11:00 am (2 hours).
3 hours in total. Additional programming problems for practice. 6 hours - Module 1 (problem solving): group work and pre-quiz work 2 hours - Module 2 (experimentation): prelab quizzes to be completed the day before your lab session. 26 Check-In: how are you feeling? a) I totally have this first year thing. I will still have time to join three design teams and play varsity rugby. b) Some nervous butterflies, but mostly excited. Im going to be busy but it will be okay if I work at it. c) Feeling a little anxious. I know a lot of students can handle this, but Im not sure (yet) that Im one of them.
d) Okay, this is a lot of work, and it is freaking me out (at least a little bit). I would really like to talk to someone about this 27 The hardest times are at the transitions. Talk to your FRECs, and your undergrad TAs: with time comes familiarity. Most of you will feel a lot better about all of this in a few months! 28
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