We know how important your matric finals are to you, even though it can be stressful and frustrating to prepare for them. We believe that a solid study plan can help you build confidence in your ability to tackle each exam. A study timetable can help you develop a routine for studying and help you stay consistent in your study habits. Here’s how you can create yours.
List your academic responsibilities
Consider all your responsibilities. This includes attending class, homework, chores and exam preparation. All of these tasks are important to keep in mind as you’ll have to dedicate time to do all of them.
Revise your previous work
Collect all your class work, previous tests and assignments. These are your study materials. You’ve done all this work, so re-visiting it to see how you’ve performed will help you identify your strengths and areas for improvement.
Find out what your exams will cover
Talk to your educators, and ask them what you should expect in the exam, and attend all of your classes so you can make note of the exam tips and hints they may share. Don’t wait until the last minute to ask your questions though- make sure you do your research in advance.
Identify the best time and place to study
With all your responsibilities in mind, think about the best times of the day that you can dedicate to study. This can be in the morning before you attend class, or in the evening when it’s quiet and peaceful. Choose a space that has minimal home and social media distractions, so that you can concentrate on the work in front of you.
Know your study methods
Study methods are strategies you use to learn and understand your work. Some learners use mind-maps, others read through their work and write a summary of the main points. You can also use acronyms to remember important steps, or work with others to test your knowledge.
Design your study timetable
Keep in mind that your study timetable is supposed to be tailored to your needs and your life as a learner. So it’s okay if your study schedule and routine looks different from your friends and peers. Your study timetable should be as detailed as possible:
Plan 2 hours per session - Schedule 4 to 6 hours each day and plan to study 2 hours between each break.
Mix your subjects - We suggest that you aim for at least 3 subjects a day. Mix subjects you enjoy with those you don’t. Study the sections that are difficult first.
Take regular breaks - Take 10 to 15 minute breaks. Factor in about 3 breaks in between each 2 hour study session. Your breaks should be 45 mins in total and 4 to 6 hours should go to studying each day.
Well done on getting this far in your academic journey. Now, finish strong with a solid study routine. Remember, your timetable should be designed according to your needs. Use our tips to create the perfect study time-table for you. Click here to download our template and get started. Good luck!