The human brain learns academic material faster and better if studied in small blocks of time spread out over longer periods of time, rather than in a few lengthy sessions. Understanding what a study plan is and how it impacts your learning can greatly benefit your educational experience.
What is a study plan?
- It’s a chart or schedule that allows you to block out the time needed each day for well-defined learning activities, goals, and routine daily tasks.
- It’s an effective way to design an organized path to help achieve success in your college education.
Why do I need one?
- It’s important because, as an online independent learner, you are responsible for your learning and study experience.
You will need to do some self-evaluation of your current schedule and time management to create a plan that covers all the necessary elements.
How do I create a study plan?
Everyone’s study plan will be different. There is no one correct study plan for everyone. Here is one way that you could create a study plan.
- Create a time chart of your current activities to see where and how you are spending your time in a typical week. You can find information on this and a Time Use Chart in the Time Management Strategies & Tips page.
- List all the courses or topics that need to be studied and establish your study goals.
- Looking back at the time chart that you created, find blocks of time that you could use for studying. Even blocks of 20-30 minutes can be very useful. Using a calendar or planner, mark blocks of time for work, personal time, family time, and for your different courses and topics.
Now stick to your schedule!