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Making a Successful Exam Study Plan

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The maxim “Work smarter, not harder” is applicable to both academic and professional settings. The secret is to use effective, reliable, and planned study techniques rather than associating achievement with infinite hours of labor. Exam season is approaching, so this is the ideal time to plan out your study in a way that will reduce stress and increase performance. Let’s explore how to plan your study time wisely for forthcoming tests, whether you choose to study in a traditional classroom or online.

Establish the Fundamentals

  • Choose the important exam information, such as the date, the venue (or login process for online exams), and the scope of the material.
  • To know what will be tested, become familiar with the course units and curricular expectations.

Avoid Ineffective Studying Habits:

  • Recognize typical mistakes like cramming, staying up late studying, passive learning, and procrastination, and avoid them.
  • To improve memory retention, embrace active learning strategies, recall, and repetition.

Make Use of the Spacing Effect and the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve Principle:

  • Create a study regimen that includes frequent review and interaction with the course material by referring to Hermann Ebbinghaus’ research on memory retention.
  • By dividing up study periods into little chunks and going over the material again over time, you may put the Spacing Effect into practice.

Make a schedule:

  • Based on the curriculum framework, divide the course content into components and assign them to particular days or weeks before the test.
  • A balanced study plan should allocate a suitable amount of time each day to exam preparation without putting too much strain on you.

Plan Rest Periods & Breaks:

  • Make mental health a priority by scheduling regular breaks and rest times into your study plan.
  • To ensure maximum productivity and retention, alternate intense work sessions with brief breaks by using the Pomodoro technique or other comparable methods.

Think About Making a Schedule Online:

  • Use tools or applications designed specifically for students to make scheduling and organizing your study time easier.
  • Utilizing apps such as Google Calendar, My Student Life, or my Homework will help you stay organized and expedite the scheduling process.

Implement Time-Management Techniques:

  • Set firm deadlines, put up barriers to distractions, start with easy projects, and engage in constructive self-talk to beat procrastination.
  • Use self-affirmations, countdown timers, and distraction-blocking applications to help you stay motivated and focused during studying.

Establish a Specialized Study Space:

  • Establish a distraction-free, well-stocked study space with ergonomic furniture, necessary supplies, and noise-canceling headphones.
  • Find a peaceful, comfortable area where you can focus entirely and devote yourself to your studies.

If you have any kind of question? CanSTEM Education Guidance Counsellors are available to assist you!