Last Updated: Nov 28, 2018
It’s that time of the year when we sport bloodshot eyes, cross-reference notes, study till unearthly hours, and incessantly complain about it. Exam time is probably the most stressful, demoralizing, and aggravating experience I have ever had! For high school seniors, all this testing can be especially taxing, considering that it may be crucial for college admission.
As my final year of high school steadily draws to a close, I’ve realized it’s vital to have a good routine during exam time. Routines may not always be effective, but they can go a long way in helping us productively manage our time. I’ve been trying to maintain a good schedule during exam periods and it’s helped combat my stress levels.
Here are a few tips to help you plan a great schedule during exam time, take care of yourself, and give yourself an ample amount time to get prepared.
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Prioritize your work effectively
It’s important to allocate enough time to finish studying the harder subjects with more content. Keep in mind that you should never underestimate the time you need to study a particular subject, especially if you struggle with it. Give yourself sufficient time to be well versed with the content.
I often log the amount of time I want to dedicate to every subject, coupled with the target proportion of the exam syllabus I would like to successfully complete. I then cross them out when I finish each revision and study session. This can help keep all that stress at bay!
Make time for yourself
Despite being busy and remaining focused during exams, you still need time to rejuvenate and relax. Studying can have a massive impact on your mental strength, so it’s necessary to reward yourself with frequent breaks.
Give yourself the breaks you need so that you can work effectively, productively, and with complete focus. I would recommend the Pomodoro Technique® to manage the time you allocate for breaks. I find that it can be beneficial during exam periods, as it helps you prudently manage your time.
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Studying isn’t always about spending hours in a closed room straining your brain. It’s important to plan your studying in a way that you’re able to maximize your scores. Studying efficiently can help you save time and give you a chance to study other subjects. In my opinion, it’s important to spend time practicing exam-style questions and familiarizing yourself with the type of answers your teacher prefers rather than diving into chapters of content that could take you ages to absorb.
When I’m especially short on time, I highlight relevant facts to keep in mind, such as important dates, names, experiments, and keywords that I need to remember while writing answers. Sometimes it can be helpful to scan the content so you’re able to get a gist of the explanation, meaning, and key aspects. I often make notes on separate pieces of paper so that I remember all the important points to write comprehensive answers.
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Get your sleep
With all the content there is to cover for an exam and our propensity to procrastinate, many of us need to pull those typical all-nighters while sipping coffee at regular intervals. I confess, I sometimes don’t heed this advice, but I’m beginning to understand its vitality.
You’re probably tired of hearing this again and again, but getting quality sleep can go a long way in bolstering your performance level. I would recommend a minimum of eight hours, especially the night before an exam. Ensure that you build this into your exam schedule.
Overall, a great schedule will help you stay on track and feel healthy, happy, rested, and positive about the onslaught of exams. It’s important to have a routine no matter what you have going on in your life. It helps us organize our time and makes us feel better to at least organize the chaos in our lives. Happy studying!
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