Exam preparation hours are usually limited. Your workload is usually considerable. Strategy is therefore essential if you are to be as effective as possible.
I work with many school and university students to enhance their exam performance. Planning out revision time is a key element to gaining confidence with a strong sense of being fully prepared. When planning, it is good to be as specific as possible with allocation of time to task. For example, rather than assign “all day Monday” to “Maths”, divide up the day into 40-45 minute blocks and assign blocks of time to specific topics within Maths. If you’re good with maintaining concentration, then you may be able to push your focus to being effective for two consecutive time blocks before taking a short break. However, human concentration span tends to start to peter out after 40 minutes – and there’s no point in sitting there reading the same material three times without actually absorbing it. Give yourself a short (five to ten minute) break where you re-hydrate (water is fine) and think about things other than algorithms or vectors.
If you start this process sufficiently early, you’ll also have the ability to vary subject material throughout the day – perhaps Maths in the morning and Biology in the afternoon. Brains love variety for refreshment purposes. Draw up a study schedule with all of this detail and display it in full view. It will also assure you that you’ll cover all the material as you will have clearly assigned time to each topic, and help to reduce your stress levels as you will have broken up that huge, looming “whole subject” into manageable parts.
After you’ve completed each of your topics within your time blocks, tick them off on your schedule to emphasise that sense of achievement. Remember, at the end of each day, to relax and unwind effectively – you’ll need to be fully recovered to be top of your game to get back into it tomorrow.
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