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How to plan your study time: Get organised for lectures and tutorials

Strategies and ideas to organise your time, notes and assessments for effective and effiecient study.

Get organised for lectures and tutorials

1. Attend as many lectures and tutorials as you can. They give you the opportunity to meet with your lecturers and other students and ask questions as they come to mind.

2. Read your course outline for each course. It has all the information you will need.
 

3. Before each lecture, print off any slides that the lecturer has put on Blackboard and read over them. Print off the slides as 'notes' with three slides to a page, as shown below.

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Slide 2

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4. The goal each week is to have a complete set of lecture notes for each topic. This means:

  • Listen and read the material from your lecturer and record the main ideas. 
  • Take these notes to your  tutorial and add any new information that comes up in the tutorial. 
  • Over a few short time slots (over a coffee etc.) read your text book (if you have one) or other readings you have been given and add this information to your notes. 
  • If you are in a study group or attend PASS classes take these notes with you and add any further new information.

These are called your master summaries which you can use for review and exams. Master summaries alleviate the need to re-read your text book chapters and/or course readings again, and leave you with a manageable set of notes from which to work.

Click here for information on note taking 

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