Final exams are approaching, which means there is going to be much stress in colleges and high schools around the world.
To succeed, you need to come up with a study plan. Here are some tips for studying finals. Remember to manage your time in the most efficient way while preparing and implementing the study plan.
- List all of the exams you have to take
Take a separate sheet of paper, put down the exams in a clear and orderly manner. You can use whatever sorting you like – whether based on the timeline, level of difficulty, alphabetical order or some other way.
- Come up with study sections for each final
The study units themselves can be very different, based on the material, chapters in the book, parts of the course, etc. What is important, though, is that you actually divide exams into smaller, clearer parts, so that you can be more productive and avoid procrastination.
- Sort the abovementioned sections by days
Count the days you have until each of your exams. Then, allot an equal number of days to each section, so that you can cover all of them before the exam date. Preferably, save some time to review all the sections.
- Prioritize and review units/sections according to the level of difficulty
Start by studying the hardest ones, so that you can devote more time to the ones that need your attention the most. What is more, you might also need some time to contact your supervisor or lecturer to clarify the material that is hard to understand.
- Add the study plan to your calendar to see the big picture
Write everything in your planner. You might want to use various colors for the exam dates. Based on this, write down all the material you will prepare for each day prior to the exam. Try to have an extra day or two just in case you need to amend the schedule or something does not go as planned.
By making a clear and informative study plan, you will be able to notice possible issues that might arise during the preparation, avoid getting lost along the way, and reduce procrastination time. A detailed plan will help you see the exact amount of work you have to do and be sensible of the time you have. This way you will be motivated to work harder to complete everything, and, to some extent, you will eliminate ‘myopia’, which is not a very useful feature of the human thinking. Yes, a good study plan takes some time, skills, and effort to organize and write down, and you might be thinking that you’d rather devote all that time to studying. However, such a plan will take only a fraction of the time compared to what you will save later on.