Sample Learning Agenda

Note: This is just an example of one student's self-study agenda for one month. You should make your own personal agenda. Make sure to use the appropriate level of materials. It is useful to write a 7-day agenda before you go to bed every Sunday night. Most importantly, make sure to study a balance of skills, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Week 1

SundayRead an English children's story. Do exercises. Summarize story in my journal.
MondayWrite a journal entry about my weekend. Review some English spelling rules.
TuesdayStudy prepositions of place.
WednesdayRead the useful phrases used in a telephone conversation. Write out a simple conversation I would have with my best friend.
ThursdayReview the prepositions of place that I learned. Practise talking (out loud) about the placement of objects in my bedroom. If there are any objects in my room that I don't know the name for, look them up in a dictionary. Record them in my own personal dictionary.
FridayListen to one hour of English radio. Don't write anything down. Just listen.
SaturdayReview all of the new vocabulary I have learned this week. Write a story using as many of the words as I can.

Week 2

SundayTry the practice sessions and quiz in the Telephone English section. If I have difficulty doing them, review the telephone language I learned last week.
MondayGo to the grammar section of Choose one part of speech that I have difficulty with (for example: adjectives). Read the lesson and do the quiz.
TuesdayRent an English movie. Choose a movie that I can get notes on. Watch the movie without writing anything down.
WednesdayRead the English Proverbs on Look up (and record) any of the vocabulary I don't know. In my notebook, write out as many proverbs from my own culture that I can think of and try to translate them into English.
ThursdaySchedule a partner practice session on the telephone. Talk for at least half an hour using only English. Keep notes in front of me and try to use the telephone phrases I've learned.
FridayWatch the English movie again. This time stop and start the film when I don't understand something. Look up and record at least ten English words and try to understand them in context.
SaturdayRead's Say or Tell exercise. Do the quiz.

Week 3

SundayReview all of the vocabulary I learned last week. Write a letter to an English friend or teacher using as many of these words as I can.
MondayListen to the radio for one hour. Choose a song I like and try to find the lyrics online by typing a key phrase from the chorus, or the musician's name into a search engine (exampe: Google : lyrics elton john)
TuesdayRead the biography of William Blake. Look up and record any words that I don't know. Write a biography of a famous person in my culture. Use the Internet to help with research.
WednesdayRead the exercise about English word stress. Try the word stress quiz.
ThursdaySpend an hour or two doing online listening exercises.
FridayBegin the small talk exercise. (Read the WHO, WHAT,WHERE, WHEN, AND, WHY.) In my notebook, summarize the points in my own words.
SaturdayDo the practice sesions from the small talk exercise. Try the quiz.

Week 4

SundayTest myself on all of the vocabulary I have learned in the past three weeks. Write out 25 words/phrases from my personal dictionary on slips of paper. Put the slips in a hat and pick out one at a time. Try to make a complete sentence using each word. Speak out loud.
MondaySpend one hour doing puzzles with Record any new vocabulary that I learn.
TuesdayWork on some dictation exercises.Write out 20 words that I often have difficulty spelling. Review them before bed.
WednesdayRead a short story (out loud) such as The Chapel. Do the exercises and quiz. Record 10 difficult words.
ThursdayListen to English music for at least one hour. Use the radio or Internet. Don't write anything down. Just relax.
FridayConvert my favourite recipe into English. Invite a friend over to enjoy this meal (speaking in English only).
SaturdayStudy conjunctions on
From How To Learn English (