TimeStretcher - You won't be scared of a deadline again

About this idea

 

Who the idea will benefit and how

The solution is aimed at providing support to undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research programmes students, whose curriculum includes long term programme assessment – preparation of essay, diploma (thesis) or project.

Especially the application will be useful for international students who are not familiar with British educational system.

Application allows to enhance time-management skills, to encourage students to work regularly keeping up user’s motivation, provides useful tips on academic writing and interact with others users sharing the progress, creating sub-groups/closed groups based on similar academic interests.

Possible use cases and app’s features:

As an example: by 1st of September the diploma dissertation should be submitted. The volume is 20 000 words. It might seem that I have more than three month ahead. But in fact I should deduct all the time I need to spend in my routine activities, hobby, job, daily commute, sleeping time etc.

The application helps:

The motivation features the user to work efficiently in two ways. “Positive motivation” intended to collect “points” that might be spend on entertainment content and reminds about events in future (“a concert on 16th of May”, “a road trip in Devonshire in July”, etc.). “Negative motivation” reminds of possible increase of pressure, risk of procrastination and decrease of will power. Also, in this case the principle of “public commitment” might be implemented (a statement in social networks or even voluntary charity donation in case of systematic delay). Both cases are backed up by quotes recommendations from the “e-Brochure”.

Collecting points and badges, achieving statuses and levels will enhance user’s intrinsic motivation, and opportunity virtually to exchange the points into any form of extrinsic reward (affiliate program discount) will engage the users to work on the assignment regularly.

To visualise the progress toward final assessment – as a timescale and countdown timer, or progress/ ‘life’ bar

The whole process is split on stages: literature review, data collection, writing, proofreading.

All the events from mobile device’s calendar are analysed. Then, manually set up following: opening time of the University’s library, time on work/hobby/sport/ and other time consumers. For instance – the three-month period is 2160 hours approximately. But, after all calculation, the time available for the diploma writing is about 150 hours. The remaining progress is visualised and clear for evaluation. After that, it is possible to set the schedule with adjustment to personal preference, like to work 2 hours 5 days a week or one day for 10 hours in a row. The application will update your calendar with planned study sessions and send the notifications in order to manage your plans more efficiently. Periodically, it is needed to update the app on the current progress.

Socialising with your colleagues – share your results and compare your progress. The function allows to congratulate other users, to compare your own progress with others or offer support for other classmates who use the app.

Deliverables

Mobile application (Android+iOS platforms) which allows to manage the time, keep up user’s motivation, provides useful tips on academic writing and interact with others.

e-Brochure, a guide, with step-by-step tips on organising essay writing process (literature review, draft making, writing chapters, data collection, proofreading etc.) and is designed to engage users in regular writing and downloading the app. The content would be an aggregation of existent relevant literature, brochures, seminar materials from Writing Centre of UCL Institute of Education.

 People who will be involved in developing the idea

Hanna Bandarenko – Leeds Business School. Psychology as the educational background and HR development experience. Vitali Yermakou – UCL Institute of Education. HR development, adult learning experience. A year working experience in IT and mobile development – PM and BA roles. Colleagues (one or two, not yet confirmed) – current UK students, experienced in education, adult psychology and HR management.