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A study app that plans versus manual planning

Given the novelty of Studeam, the automatic planner for study time and homework that Task & Time has launched, we would like to explain the advantages of this new app compared to manual planning. Up until now, we would pick up a pencil and paper and sit down to think. But, let’s ask ourselves a question first:

Who keeps making a square root by hand? The procedure is not very mysterious, but it adds little value to the person who is carrying out the math problem and takes time, in addition, there is the possibility of errors. Without a doubt, a calculator is the best option for this operation. Study planning (or homework) is a situation that, despite being different, has aspects in common with this example.


Manual planning problems: we fool ourselves about time 

Planning well takes time, and we must take into consideration a lot of different factors. You also have to know at what time of day we best perform each task. However, this personal part of planning is also a constant source of error. Our tastes, expectations, and even our laziness, make us lose objectivity and deceive ourselves about the time we really need. 

When we plan our studies by hand, we often overlook many elements. We tend to be flexible with our limits and believe that time is elastic. We alter the framework based on how long we are willing to work and how confident we are that we can finish the task later. Likewise, we tend to forget the need to include breaks, which are another fundamental part of study time. These practices do not contribute to creating a realistic plan (and they also require adjustments over time).


Five Advantages of an Automatic Study Planner

Therefore, we can say that Studeam brings five clear advantages over manual planning: 

  1. It maintains the framework (unless the user takes the time to modify it).
  2. It maintains objective planning criteria. In addition to avoiding self-deception, this serves to have a clear order in which to perform tasks. And it also optimizes the time we have to meet our goals.
  3. It calculates a plan with the power and immediacy of computing, including breaks.
  4. It makes a clear and adjustable proposal on a digital calendar.
  5. It sends a warning if you do not have the time to complete the tasks in the way that they are assigned.

The ability to analyze the time we have available in an immediate, objective, efficient and easy to understand manner makes Studeam an indispensable tool. Besides offering a preliminary study guide, it also eliminates “human error” and allows us to do what we have set out to do in the timeframe that has been established (if we want to).

An automatic planner generated by an app that organizes the way we study sounds a bit abstract. That is why I recommend taking a look at this short video tutorial at the end of the post, or press de button. In successive posts we will reveal its methodological characteristics, which offer a unique proposal for time management in education.

Helping students to avoid procrastination

Yes, planning is good for self-control.  The easier it is the more the students will plan their tasks.

As we have explained, the problems with manual planning are not only a matter of procrastination, which is usually seen as a self-control problem, but self-control is easier when planning becomes a very simple thing.

Studeam is designed to reduce procrastination, for both types of procrastinators: those who never make a plan because it is not a fast and pleasant thing for them, and those whose perfectionism makes them lose a lot of time when planning.