Studying & Planning

Organization is one of the keys to test preparation, and using a few simple study guides and aids can reap dividends. Without a structure to your exam revision, it is too easy to slip into bad habits and find excuses to avoid work. Study guides help you to focus and use your time constructively.

Of course, studying is always easier if you have kept up with it over the course of a year, but even if you did not, you should create some study guides for your test. Treat your revision days as a school or work day and create a timetable, incorporating break periods and lunch. Try to plan how much time you need for each subject, devoting a little more to the subjects and topics that you find particularly difficult.

One tip is to mix and match your subjects for maximum effect. For example, if you struggle with chemistry, follow your chemistry session with a subject that you enjoy and find easier. This helps you to give your brain a rest and will also keep your morale high.

Incorporate some time off into your study guide, allowing you to rest, relax, and recuperate. In addition, update your study guide weekly, adapting it to reflect your progress in the various subjects. If you are really struggling with a particular topic and it is eating up your time, it might be time to call it a day and move onto the next. If you catch up, you can always return to it later and, with a few days break and seeing it with fresh eyes, you will be surprised at how often it now sinks in.

However, remember not to use your study guide as an excuse for procrastination. You do not need to spend two days designing a study guide timetable; a couple of hours is more than enough.