Time Management with Elevate Education

Time Management with Elevate Education

Tyler Harding from Elevate Education presented ‘Time Management’ to our Year 12 A-level and BTEC students.

Elevate Education first began with the question: what do students do to get top marks? They then set out to find out the real ingredients of academic success. The research began by surveying thousands of past students to gain insight into the key areas of study that separated the top students. Taking it further they interviewed these top students with questions such as: How did they set goals? How did they manage their time? How did they memorise information? Manage stress? Keep a positive outlook? This led to them focusing on key areas that affect student performance. They continue to benchmark student habits to stay up to date with best practices.

The ‘Time Management’ seminar focuses on four key elements of Time Management: 1. Find Time 2. Prioritise 3. Reduce the Work 4. Do the work (stop procrastinating).

Finding Time: This involves keeping in the 5 things that students love the most (the non-negotiables) for example: sport, socialising, hobbies, work and tv. Then building a weekly planner that allows for these, but also allows time slots for dedicated study. This way a student is more likely to stick to the study times as they still have lots of social time too. Of a survey of 2,000 students, 87% admitted their study plan was thrown out within 3 weeks as it didn’t work for them, so it is important to be realistic.

Prioritising: This is helping students to work smarter, by identifying the work they need to do as well as the work that can help them to stand out. By putting together, a ‘non-required’ task planner students can get a major head start, by doing high value work incrementally across the year.

Reducing work: Creating effective study groups can help students to become more efficient. If they distribute work as a team and then meet up and share their findings, it can help them to break down the workload and to share their ideas.

Doing the work: Students must think about the reasons they procrastinate and then provide solutions for each reason, for example: Reason: I get distracted by social media and my mobile phone. Solution: To turn off my mobile whilst studying and allow time for social media and catching up with friends afterwards.

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