我应制定学习计划。我要学习计划。Wǒ yìng zhìdìng xuéxí jìhuà. Wǒ yào xuéxí jìhuà. I should develop a learning plan. I want a study plan.


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我应制定学习计划。我要学习计划。I should make a study plan. I need a study plan. As trimester II ends at UNE I find that I have until January 2013 to do some serious self directed study of Chinese.  At the end of December I will be going on the ELTF program to Dalian, China.
I have the following;
  • Prepaid 200 lessons from Mandarin Chinese School.
  • Gigabytes of textbooks, grammar books, workbooks, reference books, audio and video about for learning Chinese
  • Plenty of time (just one week under three months)
  • Hundreds of online websites for reference
  • Plenty of Chinese Mandarin social learning websites
  • Subscriptions to Skritter and Quizlet
  • Subscriptions to forums discussing Chinese Learning

So looking at my list above I am in a unique position to create my own study program.  I don’t want to arrive at the end of December and think, 
“I could a…. would a….should a….learnt some Chinese”.

我应制定学习计划。我要学习计划。I should make a study plan. I need a study plan.

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Comment by Kevin Lewis on October 22, 2012 at 5:20pm

Setting a concrete goal dosn't hurt, when we write curriculum for our courses we always look at what students should be able to do at the end of a certain number of classes I can't see why you couldn't do the same. Look at what you are doing now, and say I think I could be HERE in this much time, and then work out how to get there... then do all of the 3 above! :)


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Comment by Brandon on October 19, 2012 at 1:47pm

hey jono - some things i find useful...

1) always set specific times. don't settle on 'study 1 hour 3 times a week' say 'i will study from 9-10 pm every mon, weds, fri.' the specifics make it easier to stick with because you think through when you are free & plan it in calendar etc.

2) prebook teacher lessons - i find this motivating because it's easy to kind of 'talk yourself out of studying' but if you are precommitted to a class with a teacher you like, it's really hard to cancel on them. so you force yourself to stick to it even though you might want to skip. the continuity helps a lot over time as you're always exposed & motivated to study more between classes.

3) use interests as fall back options - if it's hard to sit down with a dull grammar book, give yourself 'outs' like 'i can either study 30 minutes grammar or spend 1 hour drawing characters (assuming you like characters). that way you still always do something rather than letting a boring task prevent you from sticking to plan.

good luck.


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Comment by jono1001 on October 19, 2012 at 6:04am

Ohh Kay how do you do it?  My study schedule is often chaotic but I do try to do certian amounts and certain things every day.

If I develop a plan I shall certainly share it with you.

Cheers 乔纳森

Comment by KayKeri on October 19, 2012 at 5:08am

If you come up with a good one let me know, I spend most of my time just studying anything. I have never had a plan. I study mainly on my own, I don't even know if I know how to make a study plan haha

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