A study timetable is essential if you are going to achieve a good knowledge of all the topics in your subject. I would suggest you start making out a timetable six weeks before your exams. Make a note on your calendar the time, date and venue each exam takes place. If you are at school the venue will probably always be in the same place, but in a college or university the venue changes depending on the subject and available rooms. There is nothing worse than knowing the day of the exam and the time but not the actual room!
Start with each subject exam paper to see the content of questions. Perhaps you feel confident enough to tackle the exam paper, now. Get it marked and take a note of the grade. Then look at each subject and split it into topics. There maybe up to 6 topics of study. Work back from the exam date and each week decide which day or evening you are going to revise that particular topic. Once you have done this you should have a few days each week filled in with that subject’s topics. Do this process with all your other subjects.
Allow time during your study time for not only writing and re-writing your notes but also for reading over your notes at least two or three times. I find reading my notes out loud helps me understand them better. Try doing this method. Also, remember to score off each topic on your calendar as you complete it. This will let you see first hand how well you are progressing with your study.
Arrange your study time to have the day before the exam as a read over day. Do not attempt to learn anything new about the subject at this late stage. Use all the techniques mentioned in this website to help you with your studies. If you can do these things you will pass with flying colours!
Let us recap on what you have so far -
1. You have marked on the calendar when your exams take place.
2. You have allowed 6 weeks to revise for your exams.
3. Each subject has been split into topics.
4. You have allocated sometime each week to a particular topic.
5. You have made time to re-write your notes and read them out loud.
6. Score off each topic as you complete it.
7. If you have not tackled a past paper at the start then you should definitely sit down and attempt it before the exam date.
8. The day before each exam should be a read over notes day.
9. Use all the techniques mentioned in this website to help with your studies.
10. Have confidence in yourself that you have done everything you could to pass the exam.