Students can’t float through their classes and do well. You must be organized and disciplined. In short, you must have a plan. The study plan has different meanings to different people. At the college level, a study plan is a formal, highly-structured way to not only do well in your individual classes, but to get from your first freshman course to graduation.
Having a plan will also keep you motivated, especially during those difficult college days.
The properties of a good study plan
Study-Skills outlines some of the characteristics of a good study plan:
- Simple – never complicated
- Specific – never dwelling on generalities. It should state exactly what you’re going to do, when, where, and how you’ll do it.
- Positive-never negative. That is, don’t state what you’ll stop doing, but what you’ll start doing.
- Possible-never impossible. A good study plan details things that you’re capable of doing frequently.
- Immediate-not eventual. That means that after you have your study plan in writing, you should be able to start using it the next day.
- Written-not dependent on memory or willpower. That’s because you’re more likely to do something that you’ve put down on paper.
A list or plan with specific objectives and goals is more realistic, compared to a list with vague items or descriptions of what you need to do.
The importance of rescheduling
Another point of view stresses how things can easily change in your college life, so you have to learn how to revise and reschedule along the way:
You might choose to do this every day or every week, but make a regular habit of sitting down and revising your calendar. Maybe you finish a project early-use the leftover time to get a jump on something else. Took longer than you thought to “write that essay ” completely? Better, allot some extra study time to your Chem class in next week’s schedule.
Our writers gives some some more wise study scheduling advise: – cross off your finished work. You don’t have to do this, but I always find it cathartic to scribble out something I’ve finished and give it that final Hasta La Vista!
After all, there’s perhaps nothing more gratifying and fulfilling than giving yourself a pat on the back by finally crossing out that dreadful English term paper from your list of assignments.