Some study programmes help you monitor your own academic progress by assisting you in drawing up a study plan at the end of your first year.
The study plan is intended to help you remain focused and motivated for the rest of your programme. You will draw up a study plan for your second and third years at the end of your first and second year respectively.
All first- and second-year bachelor students of the Astronomy bachelor's programme draw up a study plan for their second and third year studies, respectively. This is part of the Leiden Study System, aiming to stimulate students to obtain their bachelor's degree within three years. Therefore, students need to be aware of their study progress. The study plan is a tool to help you study as successfully as possible in order to earn your degree in time and move on to a master’s.
Study plan contents
In the study plan you will make an overview of the study elements and associated exams you want to finish in the next year of your study.
Drawing up a study plan only makes sense if you stick to it. Therefore, it is important to come up with a realistic planning that is feasible for you. Remember that you may have to account for:
- Unfinished first- or second-year courses
- (Extra) electives or a minor
- Relevant ancillary activities, e.g. board or commision memberships
- Other personal circumstances
Handing in your study plan
In early July the Astronomy study advisor will request all first- and second-year Astronomy bachelor students to draw up a study plan for the upcoming year. By that time, results of all retake exams are known and you will know which second semester courses you have passed. The study advisor's request also includes a deadline for handing in your study plan.
When you have finished your study plan, hand it in to the Astronomy study advisor, who will approve your plan or suggest changes. The study advisor is here to help you. When facing delays in your studies, for example resulting from personal circumstances, you can discuss your progress with the study advisor using your study plan. This enables both the study advisor and yourself to compare your progress to your intended planning for timely identification of delays.