How to make a balanced exam study plan

How to make a balanced exam study plan


Have you left your exam prep to the last minute? Do you normally cram in the last few days, panic on the day and forget half your notes? If you answered yes to any of the above, you may need a new study plan! Here’s what I learnt about getting ready for exams at the exam anxiety presentation:

1. Revise as you go

It’s said over and over, but it is actually the best way to avoid cramming! You will remember more over the long run, feel less stressed, calmer and ready to ace the exam.

2. Make a plan

Making a study plan helps you organise what you need to study and when, instead of panicking when you realise you’ve forgotten to cover a topic! Maybe study the harder topics in the first couple of weeks, then jump to the easier ones once you’ve gotten them nailed down. A plan will also help you work around other commitments, so that you can still have a life.

3. Factor in life

Life can get busy, especially while we’re at Uni. Whether it’s family, social or sport commitments, it’s important to factor them into your plan so you can have fun and study well.

4. Take breaks and relax

Studying a lot can get quite boring and exhausting, so plan for breaks too! The 50/10 method may work for you – study for 50 minutes, then break for 10 minutes. Planning your time will help with keeping a balance. Sleep is also very important, so make sure you get enough sleep coming up to your exam.

5. Be ready

You don’t want to be rushing around on the morning of your exam, so pack what you need the day before. It will save you from being late or forgetting something! Plus, would you rather be madly rushing to pack your bag or be touching up on final notes before the exam?

6. More help

For more tips on how to be as prepared as you can for exams, check out the Success in Exams resource or join a sitting exams workshop.

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