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October 13, 2010

managing time–1st blog

During this session, I have got some really valuable information about managing time. First, I got help to identify my goals. I have known I should arrange my time according to what I want in Warwick, but I failed to set and rank my goals. I have finished the goal identification part.

I get to used to arrange my time on a daily basis, e.g. read pp 30-40 between 14.00--15.00. It is tiring because I have to do it everyday. But it really helps me do things in a more efficient way. One problem is that I find it hard to define the time period of doing something. Sometimes I can not finish the task due to the unexpected workload. Sometimes I can easily complete a task in a shorter time since it is not as hard as I expected. Given the information in the session, I should probably refer to SMART: make an achievable and realistic schedule. I guess it is not that easy because it is hard to measure whether or not it is achievable.

Another thing is that I should find the most efficient time for me. I did not realise it before the session. Thanks for the hint.

A1–1st blog

During the Reading and Note-Making session, I  have learnt several ways of note-making. I get used to use bullet ponits to take notes, and /i find it is suitable for me. Now I think I can combine mind mapping into my notes so that I can structure all the contents in a more clear way.

One more thing that I should pay attention is "think before you write". I think it is a pretty good way to help understand the contents and memorize them. I will practice in this way.

As for reading, I think I should learn to select. I used to read everything in a book. Now I realise it is really difficult to know everything given the limited time. It is important for me to range reading especially when I have so many papers on hand.

To summarise, I am learning to use map to structure my notes, to think before making notes, and  to range reading.

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