Studying is an important part of our academics excellence. But sometimes, it’s difficult to find the time to study each subject we needed to study for. One way of ensuring success is to create a solid study schedule. However, creating a study schedule, though, can be harder than we think. You have to prioritize the subjects and courses you need to study for within a certain amount of time, but you also have to fulfill other responsibilities such as family, friends, and entertainment. Moreover, you may need to be involved in co-curricular activities.
Studying in general at any point in the semesters can be stressful, but studying for the semester-end exams can be extra stressful. Collecting all of the materials which we need to study for examinations and assessing how much time we have for preparations before the start of our final exams can help you to create a study schedule. Carefully considering the restrictions on our time and sticking to our roadmap of study, you could be more productive while studying. Also, following a study schedule can help you reduce stress and score better marks as well. It’s important to understand that there is no right or perfect kind of study plan. Your study plan should be personalized based on your specific needs, classes, study patterns, and learning styles.
Based on my learning and experience, I am listing few points below which actually helped me to organize myself during exams and improved my results:
1. Pick a calendar for keeping track of your schedule
Keeping a calendar in front of your eyes keeps you reminding you about the upcoming exams. For this, you may prefer paper calendars or you can use a digital app such as the calendar on your phone or an actual study app.
2. Print out the exam schedule and prioritise
Make sure you have all of your exam dates in front of you. This will make creating your schedule a lot easier because you won’t have to stop and search for information or, even worse, have to stress over missing any exam. Once we know how much time we have to study for each exam, prioritize them. We might also want to consider priority by how hard the exam is likely to be.
3. Decide the time of study
Some people study better at night while other people are more alert in the morning. You have to schedule your study time at those points of the day when you know you’ll be the sharpest. This will help you retain information easily.Don’t schedule a study for eight hours of the day on top of the other stuff we have to do too. The more realistic we can be, the more productive our studying will be.
4. Limiting study time per session
Research shows that after 2 hours, we are less able to focus on a specific topic or task, and our concentration and ability to retain information declines. Scheduling your study time in 2-hour blocks not only prevents you from setting unrealistic goals but also helps you to make the most productive
5. Make proper notes
Make proper Notes of every subject you have studied, it will be very precious from the exam point of view and forever. Revise these notes periodically. It helps you to keep up with the data you have stored in your mind. In each study session, studying 1 subject at a time can help you focus on the material better and therefore retain more.
6. Make time for review and quiz yourself
Use the first 10-15 minutes to quickly review what you studied the day before. It keeps things fresh in your minds and will remind you of the connections between what you are doing and what you were already doing.Draft potential exam questions and quiz ourselves so that you can set expectations of what you need to focus on.
7. Color-coded schedule
We have to create a system that allows us to color code material that’s going to be on the exam by what’s most important, less important, etc. This will help us focus on the most pertinent information and prioritize the material
8. Take good care of yourself
Filling up on junk food to save time is not the smartest strategy for studying. Instead, you have to keep a balanced diet of brain foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, balanced with protein and healthy fats to fuel your mind. It is most essential to take proper sleep for making the mind fresh. Make sure that you are well-rested so that you can be fully focused during your exams. Reward learning with break times to recharge and relax your mind as well as body.
9. Stay consistent
We should try to study at the same time (and possibly the same place) every day. Don’t sleep or take a rest until your target for the day gets completed. It brings fluency to your studies which in turn improved your understanding of the concepts.
Creating a study schedule for your final exams will make an easier and comfortable way to study everything in time without any hassle in the end. Also, it allows you to feel relaxed before the examination. It helps to acquire a better state of mind which helps you to write in exams with a focus which ultimately brings you good scores.