This section will help you develop strategies and ideas for managing your project. There are also helpful videos from former students, offering their top tips on managing projects.
Video - What mistakes did you make when it came to time management?
Video - How did you manage to fit your research project around other academic work?
To help you plan and manage your time, think about the different stages of work that need to be completed and create a project plan for yourself. For each of these stages, set a deadline for completion. Click to download an example that you can adapt.
Alternatively Gaant charts can be a really useful way of planning the project.
A "to-do" list is an effective way of increasing your productivity on a day-to-day basis. Spending five or ten minutes writing a list at the beginning of a day means that you won't waste time in between tasks considering what you need to do next. You can also use to-do lists to break down large, complex tasks into more manageable goals.
Think about how you are going to organise your references, and notes from your reading early on.
Keeping track of your references is extremely important. You will find it an almost impossible task to go back and find them all at the end! Recording them as you go along is a good strategy that will help you to be clear about what you have read and also help you to avoid plagiarism.
Record enough information for a full reference in your reference list or bibliography; record page numbers and volume numbers where required. Where you have written notes, make sure you can identify exactly where the information has come from, including page numbers where possible.
For primary sources such as correspondence, you will need to record details, such as who is writing to whom, from where, and when.
For archival references you need to be able to name the archive and where it is (town) and the exact archival reference (collection, volume or box, folder if relevant, folio number or page, title of document and/or who it was from and to, plus place and date).
If you’re not sure what information you need to record, use the Library’s referencing pages to guide you.
EndNote helps you to store and manage your references. It also works with Microsoft Word to automatically insert citations and create your reference list (or bibliography) for you.
You can format your citations and reference list using your preferred referencing style. EndNote has thousands of output styles pre-installed, including the Leeds University Harvard and Numeric styles, which are based on the Library referencing guidance.
In general, the supervisor’s role is advisory; they are there to help you carry out your research project autonomously.
Video - What should students expect from their supervisor?
There are a number of ways in which your supervisor may support you:
Your supervisor is not there to:
Video - What do you expect from students you are supervising?
Your supervisor is a great source of support and information, so it is important that you understand what they expect from you:
Video - How did you make the most out of having a supervisor?