Your Study Action Plan
Great intentionality is likely to yield optimized results. Consider the following when constructing a full-fledged action plan for study:
WHO: Your Study Team
- Are you studying alone, or with others? If with others, see Study Groups for points to consider!
- What is on your agenda for each study period?
- How will you prioritize the pieces of your agenda?
- Is this a reasonable amount of material to tackle for this period of time?
- How will you be pacing yourself?
WHERE: the Ideal Environment
- In which environments do you study best? Your residence, a study hall, a library, a coffee shop, or some other place?
- Does this environment provide the necessary amount of space and contain the ideal furniture (i.e. a large-enough desk, a comfortable chair) and other elements (i.e. adequate lighting, reasonable temperature, storage space) for optimized studying?
- Do you operate best with silence, background noise, or music?
- Would you remain undisturbed in your place of study?
WHEN: Considering Time
- Have you scheduled out study periods in your overall calendar, weekly planner, or daily timeline? See Building a Schedule for points to consider.
- Are these times reasonable hours of the day during which you are able to devote ample energy and concentration?
HOW: Materials Needed
- What materials do you need to facilitate studying during this period?
- Can you readily access the relevant textbooks, lecture notes, study guides, assignments, and other course materials?
- Do you need to bring a laptop, writing utensils, calculator, or other materials?