Plan your study
Managing your time, setting your own goals, beating procrastination and staying motivated are the keys to success!
Visit this page about getting started with online learning at OP to refresh your memory.
Take time to plan
Planning you time well will help you succed. Think about what works for you, do you like to plan on paper or electronically?
Get your wall planner from OPSA or Student Success or download one below
Get your timetable from the online Student Hub after logging in
Use an electronic calendar app
How to use planners
• Write in all the commitments from course outlines
• Anticipate your busy patches and show where your gaps will be for breathing spaces
• Write in your classes
• Write in some study sessions – match those with assignments due from your year plan
• Look at your sleep patterns
• Write in meals – what days could I take a packed lunch to course?
• Write in commitments for wellbeing. Write in things to do for fun – sports, recreation activities, exercise, fresh air, gym, training, yoga, beach walk, coffee with friends, etc.
• Look for balance of work and play in your week.
• Know what’s going on the next day
• What am I doing, when and where
• What do I need for the things planned
Be active in your learning
Successful learners are active in their day to day learning.
Active learner list
• Find out the class topic
• Read any materials or do any activities posted on Moodle
• Look for new ideas and concepts
• Highlight questions
• Ensure you take the right materials for that session
• Start a new page and add headings and date
• Listen to cues, “the main idea is…”
• Write brief notes, main ideas, facts, formula and definitions
• Develop your own abbreviations
• Underline or add question marks to points you are unsure of
• Ask questions, voice your comments, use opportunities to develop group communications
• Review your notes within 24 hours to make most of the memory
• Re-orgnaise information into your own words, use colour, post-it notes, diagrams and charts
• Information you don’t understand? Ask a classmate, email your lecturer or post on a forum, go back to Moodle information, make an appointment with Student Success.
• Make a note if information could be used for an assessment
Procrastination can be a trap for us all!
Five tips to stop procrastinating:
Stop with the perfection. Striving for excellence doesn't mean things have to be perfect. The most important thing to remember is that nothing gets done perfectly on the first try
Welcome feedback. Ask someone whose judgement you trust to check on your progress. This will push you to produce pieces of work to show them and make sure you’re on track
Reframe your anxiety. For every “what if I get it wrong” thought, come up with a “what if I do it right” one
Create tiny goals. Completing things is just so satisfying, no matter how small!
Organise your study space
Organising your own space is a simple but effective way to increase your levels of productivity. Here are some tips to make your space work for you:
Your study space should:
Be available when you need it
Be free from interruptions
(Tell your flatmates and turn off your phone)
Be free from distractions
Contain all the materials that you need including a large enough desk or flat space, storage space, and a comfortable chair
Have enough light and be a comfortable temperature
Have a place to hang your semester plan; a notice board; a pin board; or white board.
Challenges and support
Be prepared for the unexpected. Planning things out doesn’t smooth things out, it helps you to managing the bumps along the way.
Step 1: Think through some of the possible challenges you may face.
Step 2: What would help you? What would work for this particular challenge?
Be prepared for the unexpected!
Being away from home.
Connect with people, friends and family, classmates, teachers, join a club or gym, talk to Student Success.
Not sure your studying the right thing?
Talk to Career Services at OP.
Talk to Student Success for advice and information.