The word exam strikes fear into the hearts of all students. Even the most studious breaks out in sweat when they hear it. Merely looking at it one concludes that it’s just writing down some answers on a piece of paper. Simply put, it’s much more than that. That piece of paper often holds the key to your future.
Striving to do well and attain the best marks possible takes constant dedication. You can achieve anything you put your mind to, but what do you do when you have an enormous amount of work sitting in front of you?
The question is where to start? The fact is that there is only one place. It’s time to open up those books and get studying!
Now everyone studies differently, some people read through their work only a few times and it seems to be imbedded in their memories forever, while others need hours and hours of studying to completely understanding the subject matter.
 No matter what works best for you, a consistent study plan is the key!
Why do you need a study plan? A plan allows you to map out a study approach and focus on the step in front of you
Step 1: Set goals
Take time to look at past exams papers, take note of what marks you have achieved in the past and set a goal on what marks you want to achieve for the upcoming exam.
You can then do a rough estimation of how many hours you spent on studying, and how many more hours you need to put in to get your desired results.
Step 2: Create a time chart
Making a time chart will help you see how many hours in a day you need to study. Days seem a lot shorter when you get closer to your exam date.
Factor in breaks for lunch, breakfast, and just relaxing your brain in-between your study sessions, very few people can study for hours on end without breaks.
The rule of thumb is to take a 15min break every 45min-1 hour of studying depending on the length of your concentration.
Step 3: Break it down
Break down your workload into separate sections or chapters. By doing this you can get a better idea of how much work you need to get through.
If you have not allocated enough time every day to your workload, you will need to squeeze in more hours to make sure you get through everything.
Plan your schedule so that you finish all your studying before your exam to give yourself time to recap difficult sections.
Step 4: Stick to your schedule
Routine, routine, routine. The key to your study schedule is consistency! Your study plan will work best if you follow it on a consistent basis. Try not to miss any of the study sessions that you have planned, but if you have to, try to catch it up so that you don’t fall behind.
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