Exam time essentials
We asked UTS students what their exam time essentials are, and they agreed: planning, not procrastinating and self-care are the best ways to get yourself exam ready.
1. Make a plan
“Good food, good sleep. Manage wellbeing first. Study weeks in advance, don’t delay.”
“Good time scheduling along with planned out hours for individual subject revision and fresh air."
If you haven’t already, pull out your diary and get planning. Put together a schedule for the coming weeks, taking into consideration:
- face-to-face classes
- shifts at work
- personal or family commitments
- extracurricular activities
- when your exams will be, and
- above all, study time!
Schedule ample time for studying. You’ll want enough time to make study notes, go through practice questions and take proper breaks between it all. It’s recommended that you schedule between two and three hours of study for every hour of face-to-face class you have.
Factor in the weighting of your exams. For example, if one exam is worth 50% of your grade, and another is worth 30%, more time should be allocated to preparing for the 50% exam. Your study schedule should be your go-to, and you should update it as the semester progresses.
Stick to your schedule, but give yourself room to breathe. Missed that Tuesday arvo study session because you weren’t feeling well? No fear, you can pencil in some make up time later in the week.
2. There’s no time like the present
“Catch up nowwwww!!”
“Start prepping now”
It can be tricky to manage all of your commitments, so starting as early as possible is key. Good time management is vital to the exam preparation process. You’ll never have more time than you do right now, so implement a plan and follow it as best you can.
To ensure your study success, try not to procrastinate. Schedule study time in when you know you’ll be able to focus: if you’re a morning person, make use of your mornings. If night-time study suits you best, then go with that.
3. Be kind to yourself
“Drink plenty of water”
“Deep breath, picturing success.”
Don’t underestimate the power of self-care. Exams are important, but they are not more important than your mental and physical health. To manage the stress that exams might bring, be sure to:
- maintain a normal sleeping pattern
- spend time with family and friends, and
- move your body every day - exercise, going for a walk, yoga, whatever works for you!
If you need more help, UTS has a range of resources to help get your mental health back on track. Check out 7 ways to boost your mental health for a rundown of resources for UTS students and beyond.