Planning vs. Spontaneous


After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • Some people prefer to plan activities for their free time very carefully. Others choose not to make any plans at all for their free time. Compare the benefits of planning free-time activities with the benefits of not making plans. Which do you prefer — planning or not planning for your leisure time? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your choice.
    • When was a time you didn’t plan ahead but had a great time?
    • When was a time you did plan ahead and felt your time was more meaningful?
    • What do you tend to do more often in spending your free time?


Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
activity (n) the condition in which things are happening or being done
As someone who loved to be in the moment, she was always engaged in some fun activity
leisure (n) free time
He enjoyed playing golf in his leisure
spontaneous (adj) performed or occurring as a result of a sudden impulse
He thought she was spontaneous that she wanted to take a road trip on a whim.
advance (adj) done, sent or supplied beforehand
He wanted to know what to expect in advance.
schedule (v) arrange or plan an event to take place at a certain time
She always wanted to schedule her time around when they were free. 
anticipate (v) to look forward to, expect
The girl anticipated when her father would come home for the weekend.
think ahead (expression) to plan something in advance
Since she was a planner, she had to think ahead of what time she would be home.
drop in (expression) stop by without an appointment or prior planning
Even though she didn’t call before, she wanted to drop in to say hello to her family. 
come across (expression) to happen upon something
They came across some free tickets to the concert, so they decided to go.
game plan (expression) a thought-out schedule or activity
Before going shopping in the morning, we needed to know what our game plan was to maximize our time.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Good planning without good working is nothing.”
― Dwight Eisenhower


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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