How to make a perfect study plan for your final exams
Are you looking for some good planning techniques for your final exams? If yes, then you have come to the right place!
Final exams are approaching and the previous year, needless to say, was really chaotic with the whole pandemic situation. Even though the vaccines have hit the markets, we are still living in the midst of the pandemic, wearing masks, hoping for that day when we no longer need to wear masks and roam around happily without being cautious! The pandemic has been a hard time for all of us, especially for students because of the limitations of online classes and the extra pressure they had to endure because of the whole situation! All my life, I have struggled with time- management, especially when exams are around the corner. But it is necessary to ground yourself, get hold of your thoughts, and plan for the upcoming exams with focus! Trust me, you can save a lot of time by planning by sketching down a well- developed study plan and following it thoroughly!
These are six good planning techniques that have helped me tremendously. Now, without further ado, let us quickly move on to the techniques!
1. Gather your supplies and Organize them
First of all, when you sit down to plan, you must gather or have all the supplies that would help you! Notebooks, pens, highlighters, sticky notes, files, previous year question papers, your syllabi, your lecture notes, and all the other important stuff! Make sure that you have all the important things you need before you start planning for your exams. This will save you a whole lot of energy from all the last-minute rush and tension. Organize all the important notes for one particular subject together and keep the syllabi safely next to you in a place where you would see!
2. Write out the dates of your upcoming examinations
This is an important step that you should not miss. Grab a pen and a notebook, and write down all the dates of your upcoming examinations. Also, list down how many days you have in your hands to prepare and study before attending the exams, as this is crucial to set the ball rolling! When you write down the dates of your upcoming examinations, you will gain a lot of clarity on how to go about the preparation process. This will also help you to become focused and stay on track. Use different colored pens for each subject so that it is easy to identify.
3. Divide all the units by days
On a brand-new page of your notebook, divide the units you have to learn per the days you have in your hands to prepare for each exam. For example, if you have 14 units and 12 days to learn for your maths examination, learn approximately one to two units each day so that you have time to revise and solve all the previous year's examination questions at the end. This technique will help you to strategically manage your time well.
4. Order and organize your units
The next thing you have to do is to look at the weightage of each unit. If a particular unit has less weightage, then do not give it a lot of attention. Rather, give more attention to units with great weightage and then move on to the less important units. Make sure that you always prepare according to the examination's point of view. Study all the difficult important units first, so that you can save a lot of energy from all the last-minute tension and hiccups and feel relaxed at the end. Try switching between studying difficult and easy units so that you do not get exhausted by studying all the difficult units in one go. The reason why I asked you to study all the important units first is because; if you study all the less important units first and then move on to the important units, there are higher chances of getting exhausted by the end and not studying the important stuff.
5. Chart your study plan on a calendar
Finally, write down your perfect study plan on a calendar or in a planner. Use different colored pens to write down the dates or to highlight them. Then, move on to include the portions that you will be learning for that particular day. Follow the reverse engineering technique, where you work backward. Make sure that your schedule is not tightly packed. Always remember to plan out some time for leisure and enjoyment to avoid last-minute burnouts.
6. Do not study all the difficult subjects together
This is one thing that you need to always keep in mind. For example, if you find it difficult to study maths and physics, then you should never try to study them together on one particular day. If you try studying all the difficult subjects together, then you might as well not study anything! Studying all the difficult subjects together would make you feel tired and in the longer run, would also make you hate the process of planning and learning. Remember to always plan smart and work smarter. Plan intelligently, keeping in mind your personality, your temperament, and the hours you take to study each subject.
I hope these techniques prove helpful for you!