Find your work form
Freedom and flexibility means that you have to choose how you spend your time. You can help yourself with this by becoming conscious of your work form. With work form - or learning style - we mean the method which you learn and work the best with. Students are very different when it comes to work forms, and you must expect that your work form does not always compare to your fellow students. This is even more reason to realise what is needed from you to find the study rhythm that suits you.
Learning styles are connected to personality. On the internet, there are several personality tests. These can be quite interesting to take. But it mainly consists of you getting your own experiences and reflect on your study rhythm. The internet also has tests of learning styles - these can help you achieve a greater insight of yourself, but go ahead and explore during the study in practice.
- Do I work best and more focused in relation to a specific time period? For example from 8-16, so I can take the night off? Or do I prefer to split the work day into little bits with more pauses during to do other things than my study?
- What works the best for me – to plan from day to day or from week to week?
- How do I get the most out of my lesson? Do I take notes during? Do I read everything before the lesson, or do I save some of it for afterwards?
- How do I write best?
- How do I read best?
- Which setting (for example outside or at home, alone or with others) works best for me when I have to concentrate?
As a student, you have many ways much freedom and flexibility. To some extent you yourself are responsible for planning your day and finding out how you will meet the University’s academic demands to you.
If you need help, this schema can help you plan your week:
The everyday life you make for yourself at the University will be affected by the choices you make along the way. You will be met by different types of teaching where most studies offer a mix of lectures, class teaching and teaching in smaller teams. Your school day will also consist of reading on your own and of project collaboration where you meet and work with your fellow students. Some lectures have a demand of you to physical participate, but most of the time you will have to manage your own time. It sets great demands for you – if you can take responsibility for your own learning.
The exercise “Prioritising your time and assignments” can help you prioritise the assignments you have planned for the week.
To avoid planning your day every day, you can often benefit by having a set daily routine. Avoid doing anything not study-related during this time. If it cannot be avoided, at least be aware of the “distraction” and make sure to get back to your studies again. If you work hard during your daily routine, you can go about doing other activities afterwards with a clean conscience.
A consistent work setting is also advantageous as you won't have to spend energy adapting to a new setting every day.
The optimal study rhythm is different from person to person. But an optimal study rhythm and proper study habits are crucial for the rest of the course of your study. So, do yourself a favour as a new student to try out different “rhythms”. Feel what works for you and moves you academically and adapt accordingly.
Most of AAU’s educations work with problem-based learning. In this group work you can benefit from knowing yourself and your work form.
Read more about group work here