Would you agree with any of these statements?
- “Even though I’ve studied throughout the year, there are so many topics that I haven’t covered yet. How can I focus on those topics that will have the greatest impact on my grades?”
- “I wanted to memorise all these flashcards from Easter and then move onto past papers, but honestly I have no idea where the time between Easter and exams went!”
- “I haven’t started revising and my exam is only a month away. I don’t know where to start. It seems like I just have too much to do.”
We often tend to think that it’s just us who are struggling with time management, but the truth is that almost EVERY STUDENT can relate to one of the quotes above.
No matter how much revision you’ve done, you may feel like you won’t be prepared on exam day. If you want to step on the gas and scale up your revision, I’ll show you how.
I want to show you two underlying systems you can implement today to cram effectively.
System 1: Learn concepts. Don’t waste time on definitions.
System 2: Focus on what you can’t do.
Start doing these, and you’ll reap the benefits forever.
System 1: Learn the concepts
The highest scoring exam questions often ask you to explain how something works or build an argument for or against an opinion. In that case, it is much more valuable to understand the basic principle, rather than being able to define some vocabulary term precisely. For example, in biology, you want to understand how cells divide, and ignore the technical definitions of mitosis and meiosis.
System 2: Focus on what you can’t do
If you already understand what factors influence migration, then why would you want to waste your time revising these? Wouldn’t it be great if you could get on with what you don’t know and then take the rest of the day off?
Yes. So stop hiding from these challenging problems, just do them and you’re done revising.
Bonus: 3 Sample Timetables (and how you can make your own
- The 1-month plan
- 2 week timetable
- 1 day binge-revision strategy
The 1-month plan
- List all topics for all subjects
- Rank all topics in terms of difficulty (individually for each subject)
- Revise 2 topics/day, starting with the most difficult
- Last 10 days: briefly go over the topics you learnt
- Last day: REST
- List the 5-10 most difficult topics per subject (depending on how many subjects you have)
- Revise the most difficult concepts in the first 10 days
- Take 2 days off (rest)
- Briefly go over all topics again 2 days before your exams
- Last day before exams: REST
- Morning of the exam: Glance over the concepts
1 day binge-revision strategy
- Learn 5 difficult concepts/processes for the exam(s) tomorrow, spending roughly 5-15 minutes on each
- Briefly glance over these concepts 2 hours before you go to bed and on the morning of your exam