Get out the highlighters – we’re making a study timetable
Having your timetable sorted at the beginning of the trimester or term means you’ll have more time to figure out what kind works best for you, and will lessen the chances of an end of term/pre-exam panic attack. Please, spare a thought for your poor nerves. You’re doing this for them.
Use all the colours!
Colour-code to your heart’s content to differentiate between subjects and to make sure your time is spread into fairly even blocks. Think post-its, stickers, those weird scented coloured gel pens that smell nothing like the label says, pencils, crayons, Connector Pens. Not only will it make the timetable look less intimidating or bland, but it will be simpler to navigate, and look damn good as well – just don’t use this as an opportunity to delay the actual study. Procrastinating is not the point of preparation!
Plan to plan
Think it through – the more realistic, the better. It’s fine to mark out an eight-hour block on Saturday with multi-coloured, bubble letters spelling out “STUDY!” but we both know that’s not going to happen now, don’t we. Be honest – leave time for a sleep in, breakfast with folks, a walk with your dog, a wrestle with your little brother. You’re going to need these breaks to stay sane.
Work it out
Write down your subjects and list underneath what topics will be covered or included in your exams. Add any textbook page numbers for handy go-tos, along with any exercises or questions to complete. Break it down so you can see exactly what you need to know by the end – it will look less daunting when you don’t have an entire subject to tackle in one sitting.
Practice exams are your end goal
Leave the practice exams until the end – as the old saying goes, you have to learn to walk before you can run. Or, for example, you have to learn what defamation is before you attempt to write an essay about it, with relevant case summaries.
Break it down into little itty bitty pieces
Fill in your timetable a subject at a time, and mix it up a bit – Maths, Science, English, Spongebob break, walk, eat, Law, eat, nap, more English, more eating, shower (that one is important – your family and friends will thank you). Don’t be afraid to make alterations as you go. Life doesn’t often go to plan, but it’s always nice to have a rough guide!