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Exercise 5 Organising and planning study (Part 2)

I am updating this activity to get a sense of my organisational skills because when I first completed this activity it was week one and my work load was quite light. To get a better sense of how I am dealing with juggling home life and uni commitments, I knew I had to revise and analyse this particular activity some time down the track. There’s not a lot different, as I haven’t changed my time table drastically in six weeks.

Activity 2, 5.1 (Revised)

Name: Evelyn Neilson

Date: 07 January 2013 to 13 January 2013

Time Schedule: record of time spent during a week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
6-7am ZZ ZZ F&E F&E F&E F&E F&E
7-8 F&E F&E DD DD DD DD DD
8-9 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD
9-10 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD
10-11 DD DD PS PS PS DD DD
11-12 F&E DD F&E F&E F&E DD DD
12-1pm DD F&E DD DD DD F&E DD
1-2 T DD DD DD DD DD F&E
2-3 DD DD PS PS PS DD DD
3-4 F&E F&E DD DD PS PS DD
4-5 DD DD F&E F&E F&E DD DD
5-6 DD DD DD DD DD F&E F&E
6-7 F&E F&E F&E F&E F&E R&R DD
7-8 DD DD DD DD DD R&R DD
8-9 DD DD DD DD DD R&R DD
9-10 C* C* C* C* C* C* C*
10-11 C* C* C* C* C* C# C#
11-12 C* C* C* C* C* ZZ ZZ
12-1am C* C* ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ
1-2 ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ
2-6 ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ

F&E: Food and Eating; DD: Domestic duties; PS: Private study; R&R: Relaxing and socialising; C: Formal classes (?); ZZ: Sleeping.

Activity 2, 5.2

Name: Evelyn Neilson

Date: 07 January 2013 to 13 January 2013

Summary of information from the time schedule

Are you studying part time or full time?                               External part-time

What percentage of a full-time student work-load               Unsure

Are you studying?

Time spent

In class (C)                                                                       21 hours

On private study or doing additional study (PS)             08 hours

Total amount of time spent on study                        29 hours

In employment (E)

Relaxing and/or socialising (R&R)                                 03 hours

On exercise and active recreation (E&R)

On domestic duties and family activities (DD)               65 hours

Travelling (T)                                                                   01 hour

Sleeping – average hours per night (ZZ)                         06 hours

Other

Study

Most effective study times

Total number effective hours                                           19 hours

Average length of effective study sessions                     03 hours

Time of day                                                                      From 9pm

Place(s)                                                                             At my PC

Other comments on most effective study times              I try to catch up on work while kids are at day care.

Least effective study times

Total number of ineffective hours                                               02 hours

Time(s) of day                                                                  From about midnight

Place(s)                                                                             At my PC

Activity 2, 5.3

Bar graph to show time spent on different  activities

graph(1)

Activity 2, 5.4                                                                            

Analysis of time record: questions to ask

Did you have a particularly heavy workload during the represented week?

Yes, I’ve had to work on my log B as well as essay 2 and study for final exam.

Which activities were excessive time users, i.e.: TV, internet, travel?

Like always family activities took a bulk of my time this week. However, my two eldest children have started day care three days a week now, so that helps a lot.

Were there times when you studied more effectively, such as early in the morning or when you had the entire day to study? Why?

Unchanged. I work more effectively when everyone has gone to bed and don’t need my attention. This is the time I can focus on my studies.

I do not attend internal classes.

Did you work more effectively in short periods and then lose concentration, or did it take you time to settle into study so that you need longer periods for serious work?

Unchanged. When ever I get a spare moment, I sit at the computer and do a bit of work. Then at night, I review what I have done and continue. I’m pretty focused on getting things done.

My study is not connected to other activities.

Did you prepare yourself for long periods of study? How? Was this effective?

Unchanged. My usual routine is to make sure everyone is asleep, then I make my self a cup of tea. I then check the Unit forums. Finally I work on readings and getting pressing assessments done. I find this very effective.

Do you relax after a study session? How? Did you give yourself a reward for completing the work?

Unchanged. I usually go straight to sleep after my nightly study sessions; I’m usually quite tired by then end of the day. Rewarding my self sounds like a nice idea, which I look forward to implementing.

 
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Exercise 5 Organising and planning study

Activity 2, 5.1

Name: Evelyn Neilson

Date: 26 November 2012 to 2 December 2012

Time Schedule: record of time spent during a week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
6-7am F&E F&E F&E F&E F&E F&E F&E
7-8 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD
8-9 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD
9-10 DD DD DD DD DD DD PS
10-11 PS PS PS PS PS PS DD
11-12 F&E F&E F&E F&E F&E DD DD
12-1pm DD DD DD DD DD F&E DD
1-2 DD DD DD DD DD DD F&E
2-3 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD
3-4 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD
4-5 F&E F&E F&E F&E F&E DD DD
5-6 DD DD DD DD DD F&E F&E
6-7 F&E F&E F&E F&E F&E DD DD
7-8 DD ZZ DD DD R&R DD DD
8-9 DD DD DD DD R&R DD DD
9-10 C* C* C* C* R&R C* C*
10-11 C* C* C* C* C* C# C#
11-12 C* C* C* C* C* ZZ ZZ
12-1am C# C# ZZ C* C# ZZ ZZ
1-2 ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ
2-6 ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ ZZ

F&E: Food and Eating; DD: Domestic duties; PS: Private study; R&R: Relaxing and socialising; C: Formal classes (?); ZZ: Sleeping.

Activity 2, 5.2

Summary of information from the time schedule

Are you studying part time or full time?                               External part-time

What percentage of a full-time student work-load               Unsure

Are you studying?

Time spent

In class (C)                                                                              22 hours

On private study or doing additional study (PS)             7 hours

Total amount of time spent on study                         29 hours

In employment (E)

Relaxing and/or socialising (R&R)                                 3 hours

On exercise and active recreation (E&R)

On domestic duties and family activities (DD)               69 hours

Travelling (T)

Sleeping – average hours per night (ZZ)                         6 hours

Other

Study

Most effective study times

Total number effective hours                                           17 hours

Average length of effective study sessions                     3 hours

Time of day                                                                           From 9pm

Place(s)                                                                                  At my PC

Other comments on most effective study times           I try to catch up on work while kids are napping at around 10-11am.

Least effective study times

Total number of ineffective hours                                5 hours

Time(s) of day                                                                  From about midnight

Place(s)                                                                              At my PC

Activity 2, 5.3

Bar graph to show time spent on different activities

Activity 2, 5.4

Analysis of time record: questions to ask

Did you have a particularly heavy workload during the represented week?

No, I’ve only just began the unit.

Which activities were excessive time users, i.e.: TV, internet, travel?

Family activities took a bulk of my time this week. My children are all under 5 and need constant supervision, so we are either playing or watching TV, or reading and learning.

Were there times when you studied more effectively, such as early in the morning or when you had the entire day to study? Why?

I work more effectively when everyone has gone to bed and don’t need my attention. This is the time I can focus on my studies.

I do not attend internal classes.

Did you work more effectively in short periods and then lose concentration, or did it take you time to settle into study so that you need longer periods for serious work?

When ever I get a spare moment, I sit at the computer and do a bit of work. Then at night, I review what I have done and continue. I’m pretty focused on getting things done.

My study is not connected to other activities.

Did you prepare yourself for long periods of study? How? Was this effective?

My usual routine is to make sure everyone is asleep, then I make my self a cup of tea. I then check the Unit forums. Finally I work on readings and getting pressing assessments done. I find this very effective.

Do you relax after a study session? How? Did you give yourself a reward for completing the work?

I usually go straight to sleep after my nightly study sessions; I’m usually quite tired by then end of the day. Rewarding my self sounds like a nice idea, which I look forward to implementing.

Organising and planning study

1.         Previous experiences with organising and planning

Do you like to plan and organise your time? Why? Why not?

I like organising my time because I am a creature of habit and it makes me feel like I am in control, particularly when I am not. I’ve had to be organised prior to starting study because of my children. I believe that sticking to a schedule allows children to thrive. Having meal times, nap times and bath times at the same time everyday, in my experience has been quite beneficial.

Having said that, nothing is set in concrete and as children will be children, sometimes they might not want to do the same things they did yesterday or have a 30 minute nap or nap at all. Sometimes we might even have visitors or go for a drive just to get out of the house. So in that instance, unplanned activities are also fun for the kids and enjoyable for me.

2.         How you spend your time

Answer the following questions.

  • Did you enjoy keeping track of and analysing your time?

Yes, I enjoyed keeping track of my time, it was interesting to see just how much time spend doing things around the house, like being with the kids or sleeping. I noticed that I spend a lot of time cleaning up! It also bought up questions such as do I need to make more time to study once I do more than one unit? Or is the allocated time enough? Because this is only week one, I will be revising my findings in a couple of weeks then again towards the end of the unit when I have assessments due to check the work load.

  • What did you find out about yourself in relation to organising and planning time?

I found that I do in fact like being organised and having everything neat and tidy. I think that I have to be a little more flexible when it comes to my children, but other than that I’m on track with my studies and the way that I envision this unit to pan out, particularly when assessments are due.

I really want to have everything ready before Christmas, so I have started prepare my assessments, started doing the activities and downloaded some readings to look at while I’m off line. I have also already started purchasing items for our Christmas lunch and finished wrapping all the Christmas presents. In this sense, I’m happy being super efficient because it means I will have everything ready in time and I won’t be stressing out at the last minute.

  • Do you have a space (or spaces) where you regularly study? Describe this space. Does this space include objects that prompt you to study? Why do these spaces and objects motivate you to study?

I study at my computer desk, just off the lounge room, where I can keep an eye on what the kids are watching on TV. This space consists of a sturdy wooden desk, comfortable chair, my PC, lamp, books and usually a cup of tea or bottled water.

As everything for the unit are online, my PC motivates me to study. As do my text books which are currently open to the page with this exercise.  However, my main motivation is in my head and my heart. The hunger I feel to do the best I can in this unit.

  • Does your study space affect your concentration and thus the quality of work that you produce?

My study space helps me concentrate because I have everything within reach, so when the kids are down for the night, I can sit and quietly get on with my work. And because I study at night there is nothing to take away my focus and I think I produce the best work I can.

3.         Reflection on organising and planning

Discuss any changes you think that you need to make in relation to organising and planning your time. Decide on one or two changes that you will implement straight away.

My main concern is that I don’t spend enough time with my children, particularly my four month old. I want to be a good mother, but I also want to study and finish the course as soon as I can. What I want to do is perhaps cut back on some studying during the day. This week I managed an hour a day before lunch, but I could have spent that with my baby.

I would like to implement leaving off study until she has her nap, providing that does not clash with spending time with my other two children. I can always start studying sooner in the evening, instead of watching the late news, for example. I also want to ask my husband to help more around the house or take the kids out so it gives me more free time to study, particularly on the weekends.

 
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