Time Management, Organisation and Procrastination: Helping students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) to develop effective planning strategies and manage their workload
Emma Tudhope (English Language Teaching Centre)
What is this about?
Effective time management, organisation and self-regulation skills which reduce procrastination behaviours, have been positively linked to academic success, higher wages, longer periods of employment, better health and sense of well-being (Ransdell, 2001, Nguyen et.al, 2013). Whilst it is common for students to procrastinate from time to time (Ferrari et al. 2007) and experience some problems managing their time effectively, the number of students who experience difficulties with these skills with SpLDs, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD/ADD, Auditory Processing Disorder, dyscalculia, is higher, and in some cases is more likely to be a chronic issue (Grant 2013, Mortimore et al. 2011). Being ‘an efficient planner and time manager’ is listed as one of the core Sheffield Graduate Attributes, so how can tutors help students with persistent and entrenched problems with these skills get back in control of their workload and develop effective organisation systems?
How will colleagues benefit?
This 20 minute talk will look at some of the specific issues that students with SpLDs can experience with time management, organisation and procrastination, and look at ways that staff can facilitate students’ development of these skills in an inclusive way; increasing their chances of success at university and after they graduate.