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How to Create a Study Schedule to Prepare for Final Exams

Exams are a stressful time of the year and often make up a significant portion of your grade. It is important that you do well on them, and creating a study schedule is impertinent to ensuring efficient studying.

Steps

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    Buy a calendar. Or a planner. Or both, something to help you get organized.
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    Mark the days your exams take place. Also mark down any tutorials or extra lessons that your teacher may give, if any.
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    For each subject, make a list of the chapters that you've covered in the course. Consider how difficult each chapter was for you, and next to each chapter, write down its difficulty (Ex. Easy, Medium-Hard, Hard, etc.) This helps you determine how much time you should spend on each chapter.
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    Find out roughly how much time you can spend on one topic. Divide the number of study days you have by the number of topics. (Ex. 4 days/ 9 units = 3 units/day + 1 free day)
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    Put away your phone. Phones can be the number one distractor because every now and then, (if you're an addict) you would want to just look on the phone for any messages or updates. This prevents your mood to concentrate and would simply stop you from revising whole-heartedly. So you should hand it over to your parents or someone, who would refuse to give you the phone when you ask for during revision times. It is alright to set an alarm but then straight away, forget about it.
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    Now if need be, adjust the number of days devoted to each topic depending on its difficulty (Ex. If circular motion or radicals are difficult for you, maybe spend more time on it rather than on something easier for you, like trigonometry.)
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    Now it's time to order it. You know how much time is devoted to what, but what do you study first? Last? It's better to study the hard things first because you have more time between that and your exam to discover any problems or issues that you can still address. If anything comes between you and your studying, say, a family emergency, or you really want another day to study gravitational forces, you can drop the topics you are more familiar with.
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    Think of times. What time of day are you more focused? That would be best time for you to study. Do you find yourself with nothing to do during the day, or maybe you're a night owl?
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    With each new study day, if you can spare the time, quickly go over yesterday's material. Even better, go over all the previous material you've studied. Scan/skim over it, just remind yourself what it's about, don't waste your time thoroughly reading it. This repetition will help you remember everything for the exam.
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    Use your phone. Put on the alarms for when you need to study.
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    Mark the number of reviews needed for each chapter. For every chapter in the subject, mark a certain number of dots corresponding to how many times you need to review that chapter. For example, Math: Linear Relations: ``` this means you need to review it 3 times before the exam, the final dot can be included in you overall review of Math. Mark you completion of these number of reviews with check marks.

Tips

  • Concentrate! It's not about how much time you spend on the material, it's how concentrated you are while studying. This saves you time.
  • Do not stress yourself more, instead have good concentration on the subject. Also, don't just learn it by heart, understand and analyze whatever you are reading.
  • Take a 10 minutes break in the middle. It will refresh your mind. Eat a snack like apples and drink lots of water.
  • Talk to a teacher. They can give you some ideas.

Warnings

  • People may call you a nerd, but you'll be the one passing!
  • Be careful not to overdo studying. Otherwise, you will suffer from a burn-out. It refers to a kind of exhaustion or tiredness where we have worked so hard that we are in danger of collapse. Hydrate yourself and get enough sleep, water and food.

Things You'll Need

  • Note cards
  • A planner/calendar
  • Pens
  • Notes from class
  • Any review packages your teacher gave you
  • Textbook chapter reviews/practice questions

Article Info

Categories: Research and Review | Tests and Exams