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They can barely write to their own plan, never mind one suggested by anyone else. I understand this view, but do not entirely share it. Most students, in my experience, prefer a plan which they intend to modify rather than leave things to chance. You may well decide that you would prefer your plan to emerge halfway through writing an essay and that is fine, so long as your structure eventually makes sense. My view of plans is that they are useful providing you do not follow them blindly. There is nothing worse than a fixed or rigid plan, but nothing better than one you can change to suit your needs.

Try finding reasons why anyone might take a different view from yours because belief and personal opinion are not enough. You need to provide reasons so that you can sustain an academic argument. A well-tried way to set up comparisons is by looking for differences over a period of time. ’ In higher order questioning you need to develop this technique to compare the meaning and ‘significance’ of what you encounter. This involves making judgements about the importance or status of one view relative to another.

Do you really believe you are bound to do everything on your open-ended list? ) Some students prefer to use a visual aid, such as a full-year planner, but these can be rather frightening because they reveal the whole study scene rather than manageable parts. You might prefer to manage time by using a desk diary or personal organizer, one which has a week across two pages so you are not tempted to overfill it. At least with a diary, the pages can be turned over to conceal past and future. In any case, your programme of study will change in such a way that you cannot plan in detail more than a few weeks ahead.

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