Are you one of those very organised people, who loves planning everything in advance and making to-do lists? Or are you a spontaneous type, who prefers to go with the flow and decide things at the last minute? Maybe you're somewhere between the two.
Whether you're a natural planner or not, having some kind of plan for your English learning will help you focus and achieve your goals. It may well save you time and reduce stress too.
What are your goals?
What exactly are you working towards? An exam? A new job? Perhaps your dream is to speak English fluently.
If you're working towards an exam, you'll want to practise answering the sorts of questions that you'll have on the day. If your aim is to converse fluently in English, practising your speaking skills is important. And listening skills are important too.
Be realistic with the time you think you'll need to reach your goals. Nobody becomes fluent overnight! It's no secret that learning a language takes time and effort.
Breaking big goals down into smaller goals makes them easier to manage and achieve. How much time have you got? There's no point planning ten hours a week on your English learning if you don't have that much time to spare.
Take your learning one step at a time. Look at your calendar and notice the times in each day when you could do something for your English.
How do you write a study plan?
If you have lessons with a teacher, these will probably already be on your calendar. But you will also need time to do any homework that your teacher sets. And allow time to read over your lessons and review the vocabulary, grammar, etc. Put these activities on your calendar too.
For the rest of the time, you could put specific activities in your plan, for example 'listen to an English podcast', 'online conversation with my classmate', 'use a learning app', 'watch an episode of a series in English'. Or, you may just prefer to put 'listening practice' or 'vocabulary' and decide exactly what activity to do when the time comes.
It's a good idea to review your goals and your study plan from time to time to see if it's working.
So, it's up to you. Organise your English learning time with a carefully written plan, or plan the important things and decide the details spontaneously. But don't leave it all to chance. Just a little bit of planning pays off with more learning opportunities and faster progress. Happy planning!
Over to you
Tell us something about your plans for learning English in the comments below.
- What are your English learning goals this year?
- What is your English study plan for this week?
- What tips do you have for planning your study time?