In the final weeks towards your exams, you have to go hardcore! I am not talking about revising an hour or two a day, I am talking six to eight hours a day! (With breaks of course.) That is assuming you still want to get a first. Right?
If you are a marathon student, you might not have to spend as much time studying but that way I see it, if you have come this far you might as well run the final 100 metres with all your might.
But before we get ahead of ourselves we need a plan. More specifically, a F.A.S.T plan (all the pun intended).
Below are four things you can add to the mix to creative an effective revision plan for those crucial four to six weeks before your exams:
Don’t be so stiff with yourself. Be flexible. Veering away from your plan every so often should NOT be seen as a punishable and shameful sin. It is okay to miss a few hours. Hell, it is even okay to miss a full day, provided you make up for it at the earliest opportunity – remember the longer you leave things, the worse off you will be. A further example of flexibility is tackling your degree content in an order that is not necessarily chronological. You could start revising the hardest sections first and then do the easier ones towards the end.
Be realistic in your estimates of how long it will take you to cover certain topics. In fact, always allow yourself some extra time. Also, be sure to include breaks in your revision plan. You are not a machine: It is impossible to study for ten straight hours without numerous breaks. Create a lean, mean, but realistic revision plan and you will not feel as much resistance to get your work done.
If you create a revision timetable, try to be as specific as possible about what you will do each day. Know in advance what module and topic you will study. This way, you will not waste time trying to decide each day what to revise. By making a specific and concrete revision plan, you will guard yourself against procrastination (for more on this, see ‘Chapter 10 – Procrastination’ of my book).
A goal without a deadline is just a dream, so create a plan that has a clear time-frame. Doing this allows you to harness the ensuing pressure to motivate you to work. For example if you have a month before your exams, you could design your revision in a way that allows you sufficient time to master all the vital concepts by week-three. You can then use week-four to iron out any bits you are not 100% confident in. Whatever your revision plan, always make sure time is well accounted for.
Free Revision Plan Template
Below is a revision plan I designed when it was crunch time in my final year exams. It is a based on 10-hour days but you can design it to fit your needs and degree. To download it, click the link or image below.