Exam season is now in full swing, meaning it’s likely you will be spending lots of your free time studying and revising. Here at Tutor Doctor we know how overwhelming it can be prepping for numerous exams, especially when you’ve got a lot to cover in a short space of time. That’s why we’ve come up with some ways that are guaranteed to help you make the most out of the time you spend studying.
Manage your time
Managing your study time is crucial if you really want to maximise each session. Start by scheduling in one or two-hour study sessions and nothing more. Planning to revise for long periods of time is not only unrealistic but it is likely to make you feel de-motivated.
Once you have your study sessions scheduled, it’s important to plan out how you’re going to spend your time. Start by making a note of the areas you want to cover, then break time your session into times sections. For example- you could spend the first hour studying a subject you might find tricky, then spend the last hour concentrating on something you find more enjoyable. If you don’t plan out your time properly it’s likely that you’ll spend most of it flitting between topics and not making any major progress.
To do lists!
Writing weekly ‘to do’ lists is a really great way to remind you of what topics you need to work on over the next 7 days. This will also help you decide what you need to study in each revision session.
Invest in a diary
Using a diary is the key to staying organised, especially during busy exam periods. Do this with a planner, phone app or on the wall calendar- just make sure it’s something that you can see and use everyday. Spend an hour writing down all of your exams, deadlines, social events, study sessions or anything else important! This way you’ll always know what’s going on, what’s coming up and it’s also a great way to stay focused and on track.
Rewards for working hard
After intensive study sessions, exams or a busy week of revision, make sure you reward yourself or have a few hours of fun. Whether this is with trips to the cinema or park, spending time with friends and family, watching TV, playing a game or just taking some relaxing ‘you’ time reading a book. This will not only give you a well-deserved break from studying, it is also time for you and your brain to re-charge.