‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ Practically all students’ effort to start a new academic year successfully boils down to this phrase. So what is study plan and how can it be useful for progressive learning?
To begin with I’d like to clarify what we mean by studying plan. It’s an organized timetable of subjects, listed in an order of priority, which is aimed to help students make their studies more efficient and productive.
In most progressive universities of the Ivy League studying plans have become an essential part of the educational process. The advantages of such an approach to schooling are clear. It gives students the understanding what tasks should they do on the every day of the week. During the exam preparations, their life doesn’t seem messy. Thanks to study plan they can spread the workload during the whole preparation period so that pre-exam period won’t be stressful.
On the other hand, study plans have many drawbacks, which often are not taken into consideration. For example, you can make an ideal plan, but no one can ensure you will stick to it. The timetable doesn’t influence your willpower and ability to delay unimportant task into a priority of more crucial ones.
Many university professors scold study plans for the lack of flexibility. If something goes wrong, for example, you need more time for a certain subject or you felt bad and couldn’t focus on studying, your plan doesn’t work anymore. However, some types of study plan are more adjustable to the changes in the educational process. So as usually it all depends on your desire to get a good mark.
Coming to the conclusion, I’d like to express my humble opinion about studying plans. Although traditional paper schemes can be uncomfortable for changeable student’s mood, today there are lots of smartphone apps helping to organize academic life. In my opinion, study plan could be a useful tool to follow school curriculum.