Time Management


Some of you may be aiming to complete the GCSE within one year and others over the course of the two years.  Either way it is important for you to manage the time that you have effectively. 


Those of you who are trying to complete the GCSE within a year have a lot more work to cover at home and more deadlines to meet as you will need to submit all the courseworks and study for the exams required in your course.  (Please see the pages for the indvidual subjects to find out how many courseworks and exams you need to cover for the GCSE)


Completing your coursework and receiving feedback is a very important part of the courses here as it will give you time to improve on it.  Make sure you aim to complete your coursework as soon as possible and not leave it for the last minute of the last hour as you may not get your coursework back for improvements.  Note that when we issue our final deadline on courseworks you will not be getting your coursework back for improvements.


Use the resources on our website to identify important dates and what is required from you.

Regularly check the deadlines so that there are no surprises, in any case we will be reminding you.

Mark or highilight parts of your reading which ae holding you up and return to them when you have read more, as it will probably make more sense.

Attend the extra lessons whenever you can.  Saturday morning sessions are quite regular and will give you a chance to work on your coursework as well as asking any questions on any areas that you do not understand.

Tell us when you are experiencing any difficulties and we will discuss and try to offer help and guidance.


Planning and prioritising

Make sure that you are familiar with the requirements of the course.  You will be able to find the answers to these questions on our website either in the individual subject link or on the Student page.

  • What is required to pass the course?
  • When are the courseworks due for?
  • When the exams are?

Planning your study time


Plan ahead by creating a timetable that includes all your other activities that take up time for e.g. sports, other lessons, hobbies etc. 

Get the most difficult work done when your concentration is strongest, there is no point in leaving it for last when you know that you are going to need to spend the extra time on it.

Take regular breaks to give your brain a little rest when you are studying for long periods. For e.g. take a short 5 minute break every hour.

Be flexible - review whether your study plan is successful.  If you are not getting as much done as you would like, try something different.  Perhaps you are not a night time person and you can fit an hour of work before you go to school.


Study goals

It is always easier to achieve something if you set yourself a target and then plan accordingly.  Think about

  • What shall I do with the study time I have put aside today?
  • What is important today and needs to completed for this week?
  • Would I be better off if I studied a section, or work on the coursework?

Try to divide your work for your courseworks into manageable chuncks so that you can fit in studying sessions.  We will try to break down the coursework for you but different students will work at different speeds.  Breaking up large tasks will help your motivation and will allow you to focus on getting the task completed.  You will find that by setting goals and getting used to working to a plan you will stick to your study schedule more.


Try and set some time aside to create either a daily or weekly 'to do' list so that you are clear on what is really important for your studies.  It can be satisfying to be able to tick-off the tasks that you have completed on the list and realise how much you have achieved.


Distractions and procrastination


Sometimes you may find it is difficult to get down to your studies because you have distractions to deal with, and you are put off from the coursework or studying.  Some of your other friends may not be enrolled at Archimedes and will have more time than you to go out, however you will have to manage your time so that you can still go out with them but get your work done.  Try to choose to go out when there are no deadlines coming up.


Some of you may think that you need the pressure of a tight deadline to get on with it, however think about whether this way of working is really effective and whether you are really producing the quality of work that you wanted to.  You may find that you produce a higher quality of work under less stress. 


Try to deal with distractions by:

  • Setting realistic goals for your study session
  • Aim to minimise your interruptions (i.e. switch off your mobile phones, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook etc)
  • Learn to prioritise your tasks
  • Just do it!! Don't think about doing the coursework too much and just get started with it.