Most creative learning in art, design and media needs a lot of time. This is because there is a lot of time consuming practical making and development that outcomes need. Classes in art, design and media often just introduce ideas and processes to a point where a student can use the learning to develop their own work in their own time.
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What is personal study time used for?
Creative students generally work on developing their own work against assignment briefs. Using the time for:
- Analysing existing work
- Researching contextual information
- Generating ideas
- Developing ideas
- Drafting and prototyping
- Testing and evaluating
- Producing outcomes
- Presenting outcomes
- Engaging audiences
- Incorporating outcomes into portfolios
How much personal study time is needed?
Well, the more the better, but students are generally expected to spend at least the same amount of personal study time out of class as they do in class. For example, a full time student with 15 hours of classes per week.
Managing personal study time
Teachers may set specific tasks to work on during personal study time, but there is a lot of reliance on student to manage their personal time in an efficient and effective way. However, if students don’t have the knowledge and understanding of how to use time properly, its easy for students to become demotivated when working out of the class.
Discuss personal study time early on
The earlier expectations are set for personal study time the better. Reminding students of the need to use personal study time at ends of lessons and in tutorials is ideal.
Discuss the creative process
The more students understand the creative process, the better they will manage their personal study time. Its important students understand that it is an iterative process and that steps may need to be repeated in order to make the most effective outcomes:
- Investigating and identifying the problem
- Ideas generation
- Drafting and testing
- Evaluating and reflecting
Clear personal study tasks
Outlining what the expectations are and why its required is critical. Students should have some clear instructions and guides on what they are aiming to achieve and why.
Introduce time-management skills
Personal study time relies on students being able to manage their time. Having lessons in time management and organisation are really useful. Discussing how to use time effectively and how to make the most of it will mean that students think about how time is used.
Reward the positive use of personal study time
Students should be encouraged to show and share the work they have done in their own time. They should also be recognised for achieving tasks set for personal study time.
Homework tasks aren’t always the answer
Students may come to rely on set tasks to complete in their own time, but may either give up if they can’t do it or finish it very quickly and still have time in their week they could be using to develop their projects. Its critical to instill the notion that their is always room for improvement and students should give as much time as they can to their own development.
These links cover a range of study skills and have some really good tips relating to self-directed study and studying in general: