Starting your course can be both very exciting and a little stressful for new students. If you haven’t studied before or it’s been awhile, how do you manage your time and get the most done?
We recently caught up with our TAFE Learning Experience Manager – Kathy Thomas – to find out her top tips around time management for new students and how to successfully complete your studies.
How much time do I have to complete my Diploma?
You have a maximum of 12 months to complete your Diploma but some students like to complete it faster.
How much time should I allocate to study per week?
I think the best way to manage your time is to focus on completing one unit every four weeks. However if it’s your first unit it may take five weeks while you learn the new system.
Each of your units is made up of generally 3 to 4 modules. These modules are similar to lessons, each contains content such as readings, assessments, quizzes and a task. If you know you need to complete your unit in four weeks you then work backwards by allocating a module and the corresponding assessments per week.
This helps you approach your unit in small blocks of learning – with the added reward of completing assessments weekly!
Should I work on one or more than one unit at a time?
The beauty of your Diploma is you can tackle your first three units in a way that suits you best.
However, keep in mind that moving between more than one unit results in taking longer to finish one unit. This is because you have to spend time re-familiarising yourself with content and assessment requirements after working on another unit. I generally recommend that new students work through one unit before moving to the next one.