Personal Study Plan Overview

A Personal Study Plan® is a set of chapter quizzes, practice quizzes, and instructional materials that your students can use to learn, practice, and test their knowledge at their own pace.

Note: The Personal Study Plan is available for certain textbooks only. If a plan is available, the Personal Study Plan icon Personal Study Plan icon is displayed with the textbook description.

Features of the Personal Study Plan include the following:

Customized Content Selection
You can select specific chapters and sections of the textbook to be covered by the Personal Study Plan. You can also flag key concepts that you want your students to pay special attention to.
Practice Quizzes
For each section included in the Personal Study Plan, your students can take a practice quiz with a randomized set of questions covering the section. Your students can retake practice quizzes until they know the material, with a new set of randomized questions each time.
In many ways, practice quizzes behave like regular assignments with the following behaviors:
  • Practice quizzes never count toward your students' grades.
  • There is no due date.
  • Entire assignment submission is required.
  • After submitting the quiz, your students can see which questions they answered correctly and which they missed. They can also use Practice Another Version for questions with randomized values.
  • After submitting the quiz, your students can take it again with a different set of randomly selected questions. Students can take a new version of the quiz as many times as needed.
Chapter Quizzes
For each chapter included in the Personal Study Plan, your students can take a chapter quiz with a randomized set of questions covering the included sections of the chapter. Questions on chapter quizzes might require synthesis of multiple concepts and be more challenging than questions on section quizzes. Your students can retake chapter quizzes until they know the material, with a new set of randomized questions each time.
In many ways, chapter quizzes behave like regular assignments with the following behaviors:
  • You determine whether chapter quizzes count toward your students' grades.
  • If chapter quizzes count toward your students' grades, all chapter quiz scores are averaged to determine the Personal Study Plan category average. You determine the weight of the Personal Study Plan category.
  • There is no due date.
  • Entire assignment submission is required.
  • After submitting the quiz, your students can see which questions they answered correctly and which they missed. They can also use Practice Another Version for questions with randomized values.
  • After submitting the quiz, your students can take it again with a different set of randomly selected questions. Students can take a new version of the quiz as many times as needed.
Note: When a student takes a chapter quiz, the displayed scores for each of the practice quizzes in the chapter are updated based on the student's answers to the questions in the chapter quiz that relate to each section.
Note: Students can only review their responses in the current session. Their responses are not saved and they cannot review them in a later session.
Targeted Instructional Materials
Each section of the textbook included in a Personal Study Plan has tutorial materials that your students can use to learn specific topics. After your students take a chapter or practice quiz, each student's list of tutorial materials for a section suggests specific tutorials that relate to the questions she missed for that section. The instructional materials vary by textbook, but often include videos, practice problems, and passages from the text.
Visual Progress Indicators
After your students take a chapter or practice quiz, they can view their performance in relation to the mastery levels you set for the Personal Study Plan. The visual indicators make it easy for students to identify the sections that they have mastered and which sections they need to study more. By default, the mastery level indicator is set to 80%.

The indicators change color based on the score:

  • Green indicates that the score equals or exceeds the mastery level.
  • Yellow indicates that the score is at least 75% of the mastery level.
  • Red indicates that the score is less than 75% of the mastery level.

Your students can take Personal Study Plan quizzes and review the instructional materials in any order. This helps your students to use the Personal Study Plan when reviewing for tests.