Organizing Your Time Before The Exams
If you want to organize your time well before the exams, then this process must start at least three weeks in advance. A calendar program or planner can be prepared for each of the three to four weeks before the final exam. Each of the sheets should be dated and accordingly the time commitments for the period between that week and the final exam can be filled in. Make sure that you also include lab time, due dates for assignments, dates for testing and final exam also in the sheets.
• Plan Ahead
Generally before the final exams, there are no classes taken by the teachers which means that you are left with ample time to study. However, just because you know that you will get some time during the few weeks before the final exams do not keep all your studies pending for the last week. To reduce exam related stress and to perform well in the exam, you will need to plan way ahead.
Important tasks that need to be accomplished should be first listed before the ending of the term. You may want to meet up with study groups and instructors, collect notes from your classmates, etc. so make sure you do this in advance. If any new dates have to be added to the To-Do-List or the planner, then you need to make those additions too.
• Select A Proper Place To Study
Select a place where there is no intrusion from pets, friends and family so that you can concentrate on studies. Studying is a process to be done alone with concentration and not with friends and disturbances around.
• Productive Usage Of Time
Study time can be planned out in loose blocks. This will help you in getting prepared in all subjects before the exams. At an average if you dedicate 5 to 6 hours per day to study then over a period of two weeks you could study three to four subjects for around twenty hours. Setting aside this kind of time would certainly be manageable for you. If you dedicated 10 to 11 hours in one week to study your pending subjects then that would be quite difficult for you.
• Concentrate And Take Breaks
If you want to study in an effective manner, take breaks. By doing this you will not get bored and can increase the time for concentrating on your studies. If you plan to study continuously for 2-3 hours then taking a break for 15-20 minutes is quite reasonable. Instead of concentrating on just one subject, it is better to work on more than one subject over the course of the day or morning / evening. The mind gets refreshed when there is a change in subject leaving you more engaged and alert.
• Work As Per Style And Preference
Each person adopts a different style for studying. For some the ideal study time block could be four hours while for another it could be just one hour. Some students may prefer to study one subject at a stretch or three to four hours. So adapt your own guidelines and study as per your style and preference.
• Be Organized
Take a look at the time table set per week and accordingly get your time organized. If you study all the 7 days of the week, you may tend to get bored so set aside at least one day for relaxation purposes. During vacation time or the weekend, do not make plans to study. Study sessions of the marathon type will not work as the brain is not tuned to working like that.
To revise the subjects, you will need to make a new schedule. To revise a particular subject, setting aside one hour every evening would be sufficient enough to start with. This hour is to be set aside in addition to the regular homework that is done. The revision time can be increased to two hours just before a week or two before the final exam.
• Make A Study Schedule With A Classmate Or Friend
You could try and pick up similar subjects and hours as your friend or classmate. If there is any doubt or question in your mind about the subject, you can call up the friend and both can get it resolved. Make a plan for an outing or a movie with that friend during that week since you both are equally prepared in studies.
• Keep Notebooks, Journals And Papers In Order
Complete your journals and notebooks in good time. Notes, worksheets, quizzes, tests and assignments can be put together for any topic or chapter by being organized with paper work. Also the chances of missing out notes or a chapter get reduced. To avoid problems later on, you need to start early.
• Take Help From Teachers
Ask your teacher or instructor what has to be studied properly and accordingly jot that down. This must start a few weeks in advance at least. If in case there is a topic on which you need clarifications then you can ask the teacher for the same as you will have sufficient time on hand.
• Keep The Mobile Off Or On Silent Mode
You could keep your mobile on silent mode or put it off or ask your family to take your calls which you could attend later. This will prevent you from getting distracted by telephone calls.
• Use A Technique That Suits You
Some students are able to remember an idea by just seeing a graph or diagram, while others are more number oriented, while others find hearing more helpful rather than seeing, while others need to jot down points etc. in the studying process. Ensure you use a learning technique that is helpful to you. Flashcards, outlines, audio recording, little tricks termed as mnemonics, etc are some of the learning methods used by some students.
• Avoid Getting Stressed Out
Last of all avoid stressing out before the exams as this will leave you tired and exhausted rather than refreshed to appear the exam. To avoid panic and worry you will need to prepare you time well in advance. Also eat right so that your body functions to its optimal level.
Last minute preparations are risky. Some students get so nervous that they become blank in the mind at the time of the exam due to nervousness and tension which is caused due to insufficient preparation. Hence if you plan properly you are sure to do well in your final exams.