When exam season is approaching time tends to fly faster.
One moment you’re relaxed thinking that you have enough time to study and the next moment you look at your calendar, you realise that you have less than two weeks…
It happened to all of us before.
Staying extra organised and allocating enough “study” time to each day will help you be prepared when the day comes. But we know how hard it is to stay structured and follow a plan…
So, if you are reading this, it’s (probably) too late for the “organised” strategy and you are trying to find the most effective and fast way to study for your exam.
Don’t you worry, I couldn’t count the number of times I only had 3 days left to prepare for an exam, and I honestly had no idea what the whole topic was about… Oops…
So here are a few of our tips to help you make the most out of your short preparation time
A strong, undeniable confidence is the key!
Before starting, take a deep breath and close your eyes.
The first and most important part is to look at those following days of studying with a positive, confident mind. You have to BELIEVE, to force yourself to believe that YOU WILL MAKE IT.
Condition yourself to undeniably think that those few days are ENOUGH for you to study the content of those classes.
If you catch yourself having negative thoughts or anxiety, recenter your focus on what matters and re-affirm your very soon success!
Put yourself on “study mode”
If you want these days to lead to successful results (and they will) you have to keep all distractions away and put yourself in study mode.
Find a place that “inspires you” to study. That can be a quiet coffee place or the library for some people, while for some others they study more effectively in their flat.
Only you know what works better for you, but don’t be afraid to try something that takes you out of your comfort zone.
Next thing to do is minimise time-wasting activities, like looking at your phone every 40 seconds, scrolling on instagram or watching youtube videos.
You can set “milestones” and “rewards”- e.g. If you finish your notes for those 3 chapters, you can look at your phone for a few minutes.
Finally, I personally find that waking up early and starting to study first thing in the morning is more productive for me. It allows more time for short breaks during the day so you don’t burn yourself.
Now, you’ve set yourself on “I CAN MAKE IT” mode, in your “study-friendly” space. Time to have a fresh look at your exam timetable. Reflect on the time you need to allocate to each subject, given your “level” of understanding for each.
Be honest with yourself and balance your time accordingly for the needs of each module.
Download your lectures, have an overview reading of the content and write down the concepts that are often repeated and the ones you have trouble understanding. It’s essential you understand the general outcomes of your class and what is really expected from you.
Instead of wasting a lot of time in every single detail of each subject we suggest to focus first on the concepts and questions that you know are considered crucial for the exam.
Depending on your “learning” type (visual, auditory or kinaesthetic), use flash cards, voice memos or materialisation to fully understand those major topics (the ones often reccuring in exam papers/lectures).
Try to have a broad understanding of these concepts first and when you feel confident about them, start looking for non-academic, “outside” articles related to those topics.
Having a holistic approach to your intro/conclusion is extremely valuable!
Very importantly, find past exam papers and ideally their solutions- and read them, again and again and again. Practice, practice, practice.
Ask help from some of your peers
This is the right time to capitalise on your friendship with the best students in the class.
Learn from them what are considered the most important chapters for each module and what tactics they are using to get the best grade.
Additionally, if they can tutor you to explain hard-to-understand concepts in more detail you increase your chances exponentially.
But what if your friends are not the class’ “nerds” or they don’t have the time to properly tutor you?
Well, we’ve been there too… And that’s why we’re here today.
Use Yourtime to answer all your questions (only for UK University Students)
If you are a Uni student in the UK, we’ve got you covered.
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They will help you understand the most important concepts for the exams, in an easy and understandable way. They will share their most valuable tips with you, and tailor your session depending on your learning type.
The length of the session is your entire choice. You can get a quick 10 minute instant session to get a few answers to your questions, or you can guarantee a high grade by booking various two-hour lessons! We have tutors on the platform available 24/7!
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That’s it from us. I hope you feel a lot more ready to start studying now.
If you are organised, study smart and utilise all your options you will see that you have far more chances to get decent grades that you expected in the beginning.