Study Plans

What is a study plan?

A study plan is a schedule that students create that outlines study times and learning goals.

Creating a study plan not only helps you become more organized, but it also holds you accountable for your own learning outcomes.

If you are an online student, a study plan is even more important in your success in completing your qualification, since you need to have self-discipline and determination to complete your studies without the constant reminders of an instructor. Why do I need a study plan?

A study plan is an effective way to help you navigate through your college education in an organised way.

Every student will develop a different study plan; there is no correct study plan for everyone.

When creating your personal study plan, you will need to do some self-evaluation.

  • Personal Commitments and Time Management- Evaluate of your current schedule and time management. Are there days with fewer personal commitments when you can squeeze some study time.
  • • Personal Style Everyone studies differently, so the amount of time you need to study will differ from others. Strategies like biorhythms to work out when you have the most motivation, attention and are most effective. Some students find that studying nightly works best with their lifestyle and others prefer to put in half a day on a weekend in a big chunk of information.
  • Learning Style and Personality Type – Knowing your personality and learning style preference is useful for devising the strategies that you can include in your study plan to ensure that you are giving yourself the best chance to succeed with efficiency.
  • Identify learning goals – for each study session, identify learning goals, study schedule and plan. Take into consideration other commitments. • Be reasonable – The study plan needs to be reasonable. Although you must set aside enough time in your schedule dedicated to your studies, blocking off five hours with no break will set you up for failure. You can spend less time studying if you do it correctly. For a detailed look at how to make a personalized study plan, explore the step-by-step instructions below.

Steps to create a study plan

  1. Create a time chart of your current activities. Creating a time chart will allow you to see how you spend your time from day to day.

    For a one-week period, take notes about your daily activities. Record things like when you are at work, school, or home with family. Even note when you eat and sleep.

    Once you have done this for a week, look for times that you can slip in an hour of dedicated studying. This chart can be helpful for determining days and times that are consistent each week that you can devote to studying.

  2. Develop a schedule – Now that you have determined available days and times for studying, make a mark in your planner or calendar.

    Use detailed notes to block out times on your calendar so that you are reminded every time you look at it. It is best to have a schedule written down so you don’t forget. Seeing it written down can make it seem more important, like a doctor’s appointment you cannot miss.

    It is helpful to write down which subject you plan to study, so you can be sure to devote enough time to each of your classes.

    For example, Mondays and Thursdays can be set aside for studying math, while Tuesdays and Fridays can be devoted to English.

    3. Determine your study goals – At the beginning of each week, determine why you need to study and what you plan to accomplish in each class.  Are you preparing for a big exam? For example, if you are studying for an important exam, alter your study plan two weeks prior to the test to incorporate review of old tests and notes in your sessions.

    On the other hand, when you don’t have an upcoming test, use your study time to read ahead one chapter in order to grasp the next lecture.

    You will need to tailor your study plan depending on your weekly goals, so be sure to analyse what you plan to get out of each study session. While it is tempting to skip your study session when there isn’t a test looming over your head, you will reduce your future test preparation time by reading ahead and preparing for lectures.

    4. Stick to your schedule – A study plan works best if it is followed on a consistent basis. You should try to develop a study plan that you can follow for the length of the duration of your course.

    Remember, the most important thing is sticking to your plan.

    5. follow-through – One way to ensure you follow through with your plan is to schedule time for other activities.

    By achieving a balanced schedule, your mind will be more receptive during time devoted to studying. If you schedule several long days in a row of studying, you will get discouraged and will be tempted to give up.

    It is acceptable, and even recommended, that you schedule time for non academic activities, such as exercise, hobbies, and socializing.

    When you are studying, remember to take breaks in order to prevent feeling overwhelmed.

    6. Find a Study Partner – Studying with someone allows for collaboration and discussion. When creating your study plan, check with other students to determine if you can coordinate study sessions. However, if you tend to socialize more than study when you are around others, stick to an independent study plan. If you do choose to study with a partner, choose someone with whom you are likely to stay on task.

 

Tools for Study Plans

There are a number of ways to create a study plan.

  • Spreadsheets and Documents – You could use EXCEL or WORD to create a study plan. The following is an example of a simple study plan.

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  • Specialist study planner software – Take advantage of study planner apps, like My Study Planner, available for smart phones and tablets, which can help you manage your study schedules. Websites like MyStudyLife.com are also helpful, allowing you to create an account to better organize your study time with to-do lists and calendars.

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  • Research using the app store or google to find programs
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FSKLRG11 – Use routine strategies for work-related learning

Overview

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify own learning goals and needs and develop a formal learning plan to participate in a vocational or workplace learning environment.

It will help you identify your preferred learning style, the resources available to support your learning and opportunities for workplace learning. It will also provide you with the tools required for developing a learning plan.

This module is designed to assist you to undertake the FSK20119 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways.

The module highlights the challenges of maintaining skills and knowledge in today’s workplace and explores the important role that learning plays in managing and adapting to workplace change.

Module Outcomes

Sections in this module include:

  1. Life-Long Learning
  2. Learning Styles and Preferences
  3. Strategies for Training and Development
  4. Barriers to Learning and Development
  5. Developing a Learning Plan.

 

Resources

Strategies to Support Learning – Handouts

Videos

Life-Long Learning Video

  • lifelong learning;
  • workplace learning; and
  • developing a learning plan.

Useful Articles and Videos

These articles and videos will help develop an understanding of this topic and learning outcomes.  Reading articles like these is useful to develop more of an understanding of how your personal preferences can influence and affect how you learn and grow. having a deep understanding of yourself will help you in your career.

Articles

Learning Styles of different MBTI personality types

Learn to reframe a fixed mindset to a growth mindset 

Everyday opportunities to develop a growth mindset 

Videos

There is no such thing as a good or bad memory

There is no such thing as a good or bad memory 

Understanding your learning style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tqg0aX5JW4

Understanding Learning style with Body Language

Understanding Learning style with Body Language 

What is your personality type

What is your Personality Type 

The power of self belief

The power of self belief 

The one thing about your brain that knowing will change your life

The one thing about your brain that knowing will change your life

The difference between a growth and fixed mindset

The difference between a growth and fixed mindset

This is Water –

This is water

Saving as PDF

There are many times you need to save documents or evidence in your assessments. One easy way to do this is to save information such as a word document or an online quiz to PDF.

Below are some instructions for saving as PDF.

For Online Materials

  1. Select File | Print from your Menu
  2. Select Destination Save as PDF
  3. Change your Print Parameters
  4. Click Save
  5. Enter the File Name and Destination

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From Office

  1. Select File | Save As from your Menu
  2. Enter the File Name and Destination
  3. Select File Type as PDF
  4. Click Export

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Other Systems

Instructions may vary depending on your operating system and document processing system. Online help and googling are useful ways of “self – helping” to find out how to do something.

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BSBWHS307 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation in the workplace

Introduction 

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to understand work health and safety (WHS) laws, and comply with them in one’s own workplace.

The unit applies to those who contribute to compliance with WHS laws as part of their WHS responsibilities, which are in addition to their main duties.

 

“The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”

 

– Barack Obama

 

Resources 

BSBWHS307 – Learner Guide

BSBWHS307 – Powerpoint

BSBFLM309 Support Continuous Improvement Systems and Processes

Introduction 

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support the organisation’s continuous improvement systems and processes. Particular emphasis is on actively encouraging the team to participate in the process, monitoring and reporting on specified outcomes and supporting opportunities for further improvements.

It applies to individuals with roles of responsibility who use initiative, organisational and communication skills to influence the ongoing development of the organisation.

At this level, work will normally be carried out within known routines, methods and procedures, and may also involve complex or non-routine activities that require some discretion and judgement.

 

 “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

 

– Tony Robbins

 

Resources 

BSBFLM309 – Learner Guide

BSBFLM309 – Powerpoint

Growth Mindset

Over 30 years ago, Carol Dweck and her colleagues became interested in students’ attitudes about failure. They noticed that some students rebounded while other students seemed devastated by even the smallest setbacks. After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. 

When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.

Research on brain plasticity has shown that connectivity between neurons can change. With practice, neural networks grow new connections, strengthen existing ones, and build insulation that speeds transmission of impulses. These neuroscientific discoveries have shown us that we can increase our neural growth by the actions we take, such as using good strategies, asking questions, practicing, and following good nutrition and sleep habits.

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Videos on Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset Introduction

The story of Apple and training your brain to get smarter

 

 

 

 

Learning Style

People learn best if the information is presented in a way that best suits the way they learn.

The best-known classifications for learning styles are visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic (VAK).

Whether you are preparing to teach someone in the workplace or are trying to work out what you need to know, understanding your learning style can make learning more fun, easier and quicker to learn and remember. When people learn in a style that suits them they will also

What this theory aims to account for is differences in learning between people. Some may say that they have trouble learning maths by solving equations because they prefer to discuss the work aloud, or others may find they are more engaged if the equation becomes a tactile and tangible activity.

Handouts

Understanding how you learn and grow

Videos

 

 

Other Influences

There are other influences that can affect learning styles. These include

  • Culture
  • Education and Background
  • Personality Type Preference (One model is the Myers Brigg Type Indicator)
  • Behaviour Type Preference (One model is Extended DISC)

 

Business Email Etiquette

Email in the workplace is the most common form of written communication. The following guidelines are useful to consider to ensure that you come across as professional, polite and credible.

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Include a clear, direct subject line.

Examples of a good subject line include “Meeting date changed,” “Quick question about your presentation,” or “Suggestions for the proposal.”

“People often decide whether to open an email based on the subject line,” Pachter says. “Choose one that lets readers know you are addressing their concerns or business issues.”

Use a professional email address.

If you work for a company, you should use your company email address. But if you use a personal email account–whether you are self-employed or just like using it occasionally for work-related correspondences —you should be careful when choosing that address.

You should always have an email address that conveys your name so that the recipient knows exactly who is sending the email. Never use email addresses (perhaps remnants of your grade-school days) that are not appropriate for use in the workplace, such as “babygirl@…” or “beerlover@…” -; no matter how much you love a cold brew.

Be careful with ‘reply all.’

No one wants to read emails from 20 people that have nothing to do with them. Ignoring the emails can be difficult, with many people getting notifications of new messages on their smartphones or distracting pop-up messages on their computer screens. Refrain from hitting “reply all” unless you really think everyone on the list needs to receive the email.

Include a signature block.

Provide your reader with some information about you. “Generally, this would state your full name, title, the company name, and your contact information, including a phone number. You also can add a little publicity for yourself, but don’t go overboard with any sayings or artwork.” Use the same font, type size, and color as the rest of the email.

Use professional salutations.
  • Don’t use laid-back, colloquial expressions like, “Hey you guys,” “Yo,” or “Hi folks.”
  • Do not shorten anyone’s name. Say “Hi Michael,” unless you’re certain he prefers to be called “Mike.”
Be Careful of how your writing can affect the tone
  • Do not get carried away with exclamation marks
  • Use all CAPS sparingly as it can come across as shouting
  • Do not use a variety of fonts, colours and animations
  • There is no place for emojis in business emails
  • Do not send emails when angry. Pause, Save a draft and come back to it.
  • The tone is easy to misconstrue without the context you’d get from vocal cues and facial expressions. Accordingly, it’s easy to come off as more abrupt that you might have intended –you meant “straightforward,” they read “angry and curt.”To avoid misunderstandings,  read your message out loud before hitting send. “If it sounds harsh to you, it will sound harsh to the reader,”.
  • Avoid using unequivocally negative words (“failure,” “wrong,” or “neglected”),
  • Always say “please” and “thank you.” when requesting assistance or action from someone.
Be cautious with humour.

Humour can easily get lost in translation without the right tone or facial expressions. In a professional exchange, it’s better to leave humour out of emails unless you know the recipient well. Also, something that you think is funny might not be funny to someone else.

Something perceived as funny when spoken may come across very differently when written. When in doubt, leave it out.

Know that people from different cultures speak and write differently.

Miscommunication can easily occur because of different cultures, especially in the writing form when we can’t see one another’s body language. Tailor your message to the receiver’s cultural background or how well you know them.

A good rule to keep in mind, is that high-context cultures (Japanese, Arab, or Chinese) want to get to know you before doing business with you. Therefore, it may be common for business associates from these countries to be more personal in their writings. On the other hand, people from low-context cultures (German, American, or Scandinavian) prefer to get to the point very quickly.

Proofread every message.
Mistakes won’t go unnoticed by the recipients of your email. “And, depending upon the recipient, you may be judged for making them.

Don’t rely on spell-checkers. Read and re-read your email a few times, preferably aloud, before sending it off.

One supervisor intended to write ‘Sorry for the inconvenience,'”  “But he relied on his spell-check and ended up writing ‘Sorry for the incontinence.'”

Add the email address last.

“You don’t want to send an email accidentally before you have finished writing and proofing the message. Even when you are replying to a message, it’s a good precaution to delete the recipient’s address and insert it only when you are sure the message is ready to be sent.

Double-check that you’ve selected the correct recipient.
Pay careful attention when typing a name from your address book on the email’s “To” line. “It’s easy to select the wrong name, which can be embarrassing to you and to the person who receives the email by mistake.”
Nothing is confidential–so write accordingly.

Every electronic message leaves a trail. A basic guideline is to assume that others will see what you write. Don’t write anything you wouldn’t want everyone to see.” A more liberal interpretation: Don’t write anything that would be ruinous to you or hurtful to others. Email is dangerously easy to forward, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Effective Business Writing

Irrespective of the field, job, and expertise, you need to be an effective communicator in order to move up the career ladder.

 

There are three main ways of communication in business: verbal, non-verbal and written. All of them are essential. Yet, the latter leads the list as the basic one for most jobs. No matter what level of hierarchy you are at in a company, writing skills are a valuable asset.

The list of written business communication is quite long. It includes emails, letters, reports, company brochures, presentation slides, case studies, sales materials, visual aids, social media updates, and other business documents. Whether you are connecting internally with colleagues and executives or externally to clients, the way you write can either give your career a boost or hamper your progression within the organisation.

Read on to see 10 benefits a good writer can get.

1. Writing skills ensure effective business communication

Business correspondence helps a company connect with partners and stakeholders. Everything you write must be tailored in a proficient, comprehensive, and informative way. Thus, the receivers will clearly understand your message.

If a text is poorly written and structured, the subordinates will have troubles with deciphering it. The message may be misinterpreted.

2. Writing skills make the difference between “good” and “bad” employees

A document filled with grammatical errors will never make a favorable impression. Professionals are good at composing clear messages. Employers value such workers. That’s why hiring managers recruit these individuals.Wait until you need to craft a strong resume and cover letter. That is a real challenge.

If you already have a job, practice writing skills in order to stand out among your co-workers. Senior management is generally more favourably disposed towards an employee who can create excellent documentation.

3. You demonstrate your intelligence

Even if your job doesn’t require a lot of writing, how you come across is crucial. A few grammatical or punctual errors may seem minor. But people do notice. And they tend to think that those who don’t write well are less intelligent or credible than those who do.

Don’t let anyone dismiss you because of your poor writing skills. A few minutes of proofreading can improve the way you are perceived. Flawless documents will present you a smarter person than a colleague whose work is full of typos.

4. Good writers are credible

People with advanced writing skills are perceived as more reliable and trustworthy. It is easy to prove. Imagine that you receive an email where you notice odd abbreviations and misspelled words. What will be the first impression of the sender?

Two options are possible. And none is satisfactory for the sender. Either the person is not competent and neglects proofreading or is simply unintelligent.

Aim to be perceived as credible in the workplace. It makes you dependable, assigned with more responsibility, and a right candidate for promotion.

5. You can be more influential

Good persuasion skills help you to influence others to achieve your goals. Professors assign their students to write persuasive essays in order to prepare them for the job market by developing these significant skills.

If you are creating taglines and calls-to-action for your organisation, you need to know how to develop a copy that will encourage the reader to take action. If you are describing an innovative idea that can improve a process to your manager, you should sound convincing. Every paper must communicate your ideas effectively.

6. Business writing conveys courtesy

The content of formal business correspondence mirrors the same level of politeness and considerate attention to detail that is shown in face-to-face interaction. A courteous business letter expresses the writer’s personal respect for the receiver and the company they work for.

Professionals take into consideration formatting and etiquette. They also pay attention to their personal tone, clarity, and logic. They avoid poor word choice and grammar. These things can come across as lazy or even rude.

7. Writing skills help to keep good records

Information that is communicated orally isn’t kept for long. That’s why students take notes of lectures. As scholars use their notes to write essays, you can apply your records in your work.

Saving information on paper is the best way of preserving it for years. In fact, the most accurate knowledge that has reached us from many centuries back was from books.

8. You boost your professional confidence

Every business document has its purpose. You write a business proposal to attract investors or find partners. You send emails to reach potential customers. You craft a report to impress your boss.

When written communication leads a business to another successfully completed project, you become more confident and inspired. And writing itself gets easier.

9. You promote yourself and your career

If you are the best business communicator in your office, coworkers will ask you to for help in editing their writing pieces before they go to their supervisors. Word will get around. If the company needs someone to draft effective emails, they will ask someone who writes with clarity and accuracy. Guess who they will turn to?

The better your writing skills are, the more responsibility you will be given. That’s great for you and your future career success!

10. Business writing builds a solid web presence

Business is all about presentation. Owners aim to set up an effective online presence. It helps potential customers discover the company and its products. To attain this goal, they create websites, blogs and social media accounts.

Quality content is a decisive factor here. A person who can present business in the best light and convince people to buy products or services is an irreplaceable employee.

 

 

 

 

Digital Fluency

In the 21st century, digital information is rapidly overtaking print as the principal means of communication. It is essential that Digital Fluency is fostered in businesses and in schools. There is a misconception that in the current age, and with the number of digital natives in the workforce or entering the workforce that there is less of a need to develop core skills. However being a digital consumer does not make one digitally fluent or be able to apply the essential aspects of Digital Fluency to their workplace tasks being the most effective person they can be.

  • Digital literacy – A digitally literate person knows how to use digital technologies and what to do with them.
  • Digital fluency – A digitally fluent person can decide when to use specific digital technologies to achieve their desired outcome. They can articulate why the tools they are using will provide their desired outcome.

A digitally fluent person:

  • knows where and how to find and access information quickly and accurately
  • can critique the relevance and accuracy of information being accessed
  • is an adept producer of digital content
  • can recognise and use the most effective methods of reaching their intended audience
  • understands and demonstrates how use digital technologies responsibly including – digital security (self-protection), copyright.

The essence of digital fluency is to make core critical thinking and information literacy skills relevant to the new challenges of the digital environment.This is why digital fluency combines old techniques – those classic skills necessary for any critical engagement with information – with new and specific knowledge bases about how the internet works, and how, given how it works, it can inadvertently deceive or be deliberately used to deceive.

Millar and Bartlett, 2012