This week is a very special edition of How I Plan. Brittany is one of my students at the University of Leicester – and wanted to give the view from the other side of the lectern! What she shows here is that a lot of students take the same approach to planning their research-time as we planning-addicted academics do!
Current position: BA Ancient History and History Student
How much research time is built into my job: Due to being in uni only 7 hours a week, research time is around 60-70 hours a week
I work on: Building up my bibliography and getting assignments done on time
Tools I use to plan my research: a weekly planner! I have one from Paperchase, its A5 but has enough room to show me my whole week!
My approach to planning/planning philosophy is: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, if you don’t plan at all do not expect to be successful and have things done on time, because you probably won’t!
My routine is: Lectures, plan for seminars, seminar and then read for assignments
I think I am organised/disorganised/other (please specify): I think I vary, some weeks I can be very organised, and assignments and reading is done well ahead of time, other weeks I forgot and I have to do the reading a few hours before it’s due
I would like to improve my… consistency with being organised, instead of having the weeks where I am not organised and some where I am. I would love to be constantly organised
My best piece of planning advice is: Fail to plan, plan to fail!