Research on student time management
Contexts for research
Research into student time management for the LearnHigher CETL has been carried out by members of the University Study Advice team at the University of Reading. We are a centrally-situated and primarily student-facing learning development service, providing support for students to develop their learning practices through one-to-one advice sessions, generic and embedded workshop teaching, and paper and online self-help guides and resources. Our constituency includes students from all disciplines and all levels of academic study, from Foundation degrees and part-time Certificate courses through to PhD students. We have regular direct contact with a diverse student community, including international and mature students, and students with Specific Learning Difficulties. Some are studying part-time, while others are on placements or are distance learners. Given this privileged, direct and everyday access to a broad demographic of students, their experience of managing time at university and the effectiveness of interventions, it was appropriate for us to adopt an action research approach. As a consequence, we have established an iterative cycle of reflection on our own practice to motivate and identify areas for study. The research projects listed below were carried out at the University of Reading, 2005-2010.
Using practice-led enquiry to develop resources for time management in higher education Presentation reflecting on the use of practice-led enquiry as a tool for research and development in learning development. PowerPoint slides available here.
Managing time at university: a learning development perspective on issues and effective interventions An overview of common issues with student time management and interventions which have proved effective in practice: developed through taking an action research approach to our work as student-facing learning developers at the University of Reading. Full...
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