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Time management: organise

Once you have your overall plan, you need to break your work down into small, manageable tasks. A daily to-do list can help to plan these, or you could make a weekly action plan to really make sure that you get those tasks completed. Try using post-its on your wall or desk, and take each one off when the task is completed.

Think about how you would plan a study session in detail:

  • Set aside some time to study
  • Decide where you will work. What resources and environment will you need?
  • Set a realistic goal for your study session. What do you want to achieve?
  • Write yourself a reminder of everything you will need for your study session
  • Break down the goal into small chunks, and decide how long to spend on each
  • Note down any problems or questions that arise as you go along. Think about how you will address these at the end of the session
  • If you need help or clarification on your task, think about who you could ask.

Take a look at this example list to see how that might look.

The Pomodoro Technique breaks your time down into small chunks so you can organize your tasks. Watch this video for an overview of this useful technique. It can be especially helpful for organising your exam revision time.

For more information on managing your time in the run up to exams, have a look at our revision planning pages.