Having a curriculum provides several benefits, such as providing a structure for an educational course and having an end goal that teachers set for their students to reach. Curricula vary widely in structure and complexity, but are valuable for many different areas of education, including linguistics, mathematics and the sciences.
Although the structure and detail of curricula depends primarily on the subject at hand, curricula serve the broad purpose of being educational planning tools. They help teachers and professors outline learning objects for a course or class, which in turn sets an end goal for learning a specific volume of material. Curricula also help teachers identify an effective learning style by focusing on the most critical aspects of a projected lesson plan. Additionally, they can help teachers make effective use of classroom time by setting time aside for revisiting complex issues or giving students time to ask questions.
Curricula ideally serve as time-management and organizational tools as well; by setting an agenda ahead of time, teachers and students have the opportunity to prepare for future readings and assignments. This allows for the development of time management skills, and allows students to learn important life skills such as communication, organization, and setting and achieving goals.