Exam preparation can sometimes seem overwhelming. This week, I am sharing with you how to create a study schedule that will help you prepare and remain level-headed for the upcoming exam period.
Creating a study schedule is a fantastic way to help you organize your study, as it helps you to recognize the work you need to get done and ensure you are allocating appropriate time to all subjects.
I recommend that you start of by looking at your unit guide. Our teachers give us this information to assist us in understanding holistically the information we need to learn throughout the term or semester. While you are reading through your unit guide, write a list of things you need to accomplish to ensure that you are well-prepared for your class tests and cover the information thoroughly. This may include completing worksheets and quizzes, lecture material or creating mind-maps. It is also good to consider which topics you may find harder or easier so that you know where to allocate your time best.
Now that you are aware of the tasks that you need to complete, it’s time to create a schedule! Before including any of your study sessions, make sure to block out any extracurricular activities or commitments. This way, you know how much time you have either side to study.
After this, block out times for your subjects. I like to revise for a few really subjects well each day instead of squeezing everything into one day. Make sure to consider which hours of the day you work best and allocate harder tasks to these times. By having specific time blocks, you know exactly when you need to sit down and exactly when you’re ready to break. Also, the act of writing things down and creating these little 'study appointments' will increase your chances of actually committing and sitting down to study!
I believe that it is far better to allocate time blocks instead of certain activities for each subject. This is because sometimes we are uncertain of how long an activity might take us and if we get carried away doing one task, we may find ourselves neglecting another subject which can become a very slippery slope, especially during the revision period!
Finally, it can be useful to make sure you don’t study similar subjects back to back. This can help you avoid confusion between the two subjects.
By creating a schedule considering these factors, you are allowing yourself to recognize what you need to do to achieve the academic goals you may have set earlier in the semester. It also helps you to balance your school life with other equally as important aspects such as social life, hobbies and exercise!
Make sure to have some relaxation time on the weekend! Whilst we need to remain strict during our study period, we must also remember to allow ourselves time to wind down and treat ourselves for our hard work. I like to take of Saturday nights to spend with family and friends, as well as Sunday mornings, to sleep in or enjoy some exercise in the fresh air!
By creating a schedule, you can bring some balance into your busy life and have peace of mind that there is plenty of time to revise for important tests and exams!
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