A: Explore techniques to improve own organisational skills

Unit A1:       Being Organised

Level: 1

Unit type: Core

Guided learning hours: 30

Unit in brief

Learners will develop key techniques to help organise their work and priorities and manage their time effectively.

Unit introduction

How often do you run out of time to do tasks? Do you ever miss the bus or turn up late for college? Being organised and being able to manage your time is essential for success in your education.

From creating to-do lists and filing systems to setting up your phone for alerts and alarms,

this unit will introduce you to ways that will help you to plan and use your time effectively, as well as organising yourself and your work. After learning and practising these techniques, you will have the opportunity to put them into practice over a period of time, reviewing how successful they were and whether they improved your organisational skills.

The skills you learn in this unit are key for progression to the next stage in your education. They are also crucial for work and life.

Learning aims

In this unit you will:

Explore techniques to improve own organisational skills

Review the use of techniques to improve own organisational skills.

Unit summary

 

Learning aim

 

Key teaching areas

 

Summary of suggested assessment evidence

A Explore techniques to improve own organisational skills

 

 

 

 

  • Techniques to improve organisation

 

 

  • A planner for a two-week period.
  • Supporting documentation that demonstrates the techniques used.

B Review the use of techniques to improve own organisational skills

Key teaching areas include:

 

Sector skills

 

Knowledge

 

Transferable skills

  • This unit can be delivered in a sector context.
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management
  • Use of ICT management tools
  • Planning
  • Managing information
   
There are opportunities to develop functional skills in this unit:

 

Functional skills

English

  • Write clearly and coherently, including an appropriate level of detail.
  • Ensure written work includes generally accurate punctuation and spelling, and that meaning is clear.

Maths

  • Solve problems requiring calculations with common measures, including time and money.

Unit content

Knowledge and sector skills

  • Techniques to improve organisation
  • Learners will practise skills and techniques to improve their organisation over a period of time before final assessment.
  • Time-management techniques:
  • produce daily or weekly to-do lists or action plans to meet deadlines
  • prioritise tasks
  • create a checklist of tasks that need to be completed, reviewing it regularly
  • consider how long each task might take
  • use free calendar software to keep timings of lessons and work
  • allow a little extra time in case longer is spent on one task than expected
  • foresee problems and plan ways to overcome them
  • review priorities.
  • Organisational techniques:
  • ensure there is access to required resources to complete tasks such as notebooks, pens, laptops, tablets
  • use organisational stationery such as folders, dividers, highlighters
  • set up and manage a filing system of work and emails to allow for quick and easy access
  • use alerts on phones and other digital devices
  • use project plans and spreadsheets for organisation and budgeting
  • Planners to organise time:
  • different types of planner such as wall planners, calendars, electronic and/or online planners
  • using them daily, weekly or monthly
  • keeping them updated and reviewing the priorities.
  • Review own time-management and organisational skills through identifying:
  • strengths and weaknesses of techniques used
  • why some techniques worked better than others ways to improve own time management and organisation.

Transferable skills

  • Planning: using time-management techniques.
  • Managing information: prioritising information received and using ICT to organise and manage time.

Assessment criteria

Pass

Merit

Distinction

Learning aim A: Explore techniques to improve own organisational skills

A.P1 Use limited techniques to improve own organisational skills.

A.M1 Use appropriate techniques to improve own organisational skills.

A.D1 Use appropriate and effective techniques to improve own organisational skills.

Learning aim B: Review the use of techniques to improve own organisational skills

B.P2 Identify the techniques used to improve own organisational skills, giving outline examples.

B.M2 Review the techniques used, giving some examples of how

they improved own organisational skills.

B.D2 Review the techniques used, giving detailed examples of how

they improved own organisational skills.

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