Always Have A Plan

'Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now'.        - Alan Lakein

No doubt you have quite a few exams coming up this year. In order to handle high work loads your planning has to be on point! Start by thinking strategically about how you are going to achieve great results. 

Here's five quick-fire questions for you to think about: 

1). Where are you strong?

2). What do you already understand (be specific, subjects, topics, ideas)?

3). Where could you see yourself losing marks?

4). What specific subjects/topics do you need to work on? (This answer should be the same as the answer you wrote for Q.3).

5). How are you going to do this? 

Prioritise

First up, prioritise your 'big rocks'. These are the big ideas that you need to understand. If you understand the big ideas in each subject you stand a much greater chance of being able to write sensible answers to questions in the exam. Prioritise the topics you know are important. These topics will carry the most marks on exam day.

BUT (there is always a but) don't just skim over everything. After you have a broad understanding of the important stuff you need to get stuck into some of the detail. This is what separates the best students from the average students. The best students know the details and, as a consequence, pick up one or two extra marks per question. Accumulated over every exam, this makes a huge difference!

Leave no stone unturned, be meticulous in the way you go about understanding the big ideas and the little details associated with them. 

Organise

Get organised and reorganise often. If paper starts flying everywhere when you start working take a step back reorganise and then get cracking again. Knowing where everything is and how it all fits together is crucial in making your study sessions both efficient and effective. You don't want to be spending hours and hours at your desk and produce the work that a top student could deliver in half an hour. Stay organised and you'll be churning out work in no time.

Think of it like this: pause, think about how you could be more organised, take one step back in order to take two steps forward.