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Published on: 27 Apr 2017 by ashleysewell
Normally you would think that starting exam preparation two months early is a good time and you will think that it is enough. But clearly what you don’t know is that you will also be getting coursework to do in these eight weeks. Well, this is what happens, teachers try to get the work done as it is almost the end of term, so you will have coursework coming in from all directions and you will have to do everything simultaneously. Although realizing that there are eight weeks to go is a good time and good thing to start working. 8 weeks before exams is a time of major priority settings. You will be forced to shift a lot of things up and eliminate a lot of things from your routine to make room for longer study sessions. Let us show you the things you have to do in the 8 weeks to prepare for your exams:
Get a Planner and Plan It All Out:
You need a planner to start your work, count today in your preparation and do not leave it out. Now in your planner, take out the days when you know you will not be getting time to study. Do not mark weekends in ‘non study’ days because that is not happening. Now, in each box of the dates in your planner, write the hours you will be spending every day in your preparation. Like if you think you can manage three hours daily then write three hours and so on. Now total the hours and divide them with your subjects, is every subject getting sufficient time? if yes, great! But if they aren’t, you will have to squeeze in more time.
These 8 Weeks Will Be Different from Your Usual Days:
You will miss watching TV and you will miss rare things that you may never miss in ordinary days such as spending time with family. Remember that these 8 weeks are not normal days and everything you do will have a direct impact on your exams. You will have to understand that these eight weeks are entirely different than your routine days so miss the TV shows today for better result in your exams and you will be glad you did so.
Start from the Most Difficult Subjects:
If you have an exam timetable, it is great because the best thing to do is focusing on the very last exam first. The last exam is so far away that by the end of the exams you will not be feeling like studying anymore so you better be prepared in the last exam beforehand. If you don’t have a timetable, you need to start from the difficult subject which you have not studied so far, at all.
Find out What You Already Know:
Best practice is to start from what you already know. If you start from the course you already know, you will continue from it and you will have a good psychological start of your exam preparation. Moving on from the subject or the amount of course you already know, you will go forward and then figure out how much more you need after that. Your course can be split into parts for the ‘divide and conquer’ effect and it works great.
Set Realistic Targets:
You know you have eight weeks and a lot to do in those eight weeks. You will obviously get coursework and there will even be times when you will not want to look at your books at all. There will be days you will feel like running away because you have worked far too hard. To avoid all of that from happening, give yourself space and set realistic targets. Set very short targets and better yet, set weekly goals, so that your work mixes evenly with accomplishments. Be sure to not fall prey of procrastination as this can be lethal at this point.
Read Everything in Your Syllabus:
Even if you can’t understand and memorize each and everything in your syllabus, you can read all of it. For worst cases if you can’t remember something which hopefully will not happen, you can read the question to remember the chapter and you might just remember it all and it all makes sense to you then. Reading your entire syllabus will make you aware of what is inside the books and even if you don’t memorize them, on the exam day during paper you will be glad you did so. You should know what is in your syllabus so read!
Choose Whatever Style of Studying Suits You and Have Several Styles for Variety:
Some people study early in the morning but some choose night. Some students have the kind of routine that they catch up with their studies only when they find time from work. So whatever style suits you, it is your choice as long as you are studying. Give yourself breaks during study sessions and if you have the choice, choose morning over studying in the night as you study better in the morning and do not have a lot on your mind in the early hours of the day. For better approach, use different strategies to study.
Revision after Every Chapter:
You may not get a lot of opportunities for revision of your work as the exams come closer and every time it will be choosing either learning new stuff or revising the stuff already studied. You can choose to revise after every chapter or after every week so that you don’t have to catch up all of it altogether. Although revision is very important but this option and style and time of revision is very flexible. Try not to over burden yourself as stressing yourself up is the last thing you want before exams have even started.