Planning your work has 3 stages:
1. Needs Analysis
There are four ways that you can analyse your needs:
Click here for a Needs Analysis / Planning / Studying / Assessment Form that you can print out and fill in.
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2. Planning what to learn.
You need to decide:
Materials and Resources
Materials can be books, magazines, newspapers, videos, audio tapes, etc.
Resources can be teachers, classmates, computers, learner pathways, etc.
How to choose materials:
Working Alone or With
Reasons for working with other people are:
- You get more ideas from the other people
- They can suggest improvements
- They can tell you if you make a mistake
- They can encourage you to do better
- Explaining things to other people can help you understand better
- Sharing the work helps you do it quicker
- You can share your thoughts and feelings
- Teamwork skills and experience are important for your career.
Reasons for working alone are:
- So your work is not the same as other people's
- If you share a task then you might learn only your part of the task,
..not how to do all of it. Your aim is to learn, not to finish quickly.
- Maybe you don't want to be influenced by other people
- You don't want to share your ideas with other people.
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3. Testing yourself and planning what to learn next.
When you have finished your plan you need to test or assess yourself to
see if you have fulfilled your need. Can you do what your Needs Analysis wanted?
- If you can, then you can plan to learn another point from your Needs Analysis, or you can change it because of some new thing that you want to learn. Don't forget to come back and revise later.
- If you can't you need to study more, so change your plan. You could, for example, do some of the Alternative Materials or Extra Materials if you are following a learner pathway. If you are bored you can do something else and come back later.
For more details on how you can test yourself, click here. The learner pathways also have details on how you can test yourself. Click here for an example.
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Last updated on: Thursday, December 15, 2016.
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