Write down all the things you need to do each day of the week, and how long you need for each, including time for enough sleep, relaxation, and exercise. Find out the date of each exam and work out a study timetable leading up to them. Include tests that will help you identify gaps in your knowledge. This can give you some direction and help you focus on what to study each week or day.
A successful student avoids procrastination – Procrastination is when you do everything else but the task you need to do. It is normal to procrastinate a little. However too much procrastination can just add to your stress and can result in you not giving yourself enough time to prepare. Managing your time and setting realistic goals for each study session can be helpful ways to avoid procrastinating and make tasks seem less overwhelming.
A successful student also looks to ways that minimize stress levels eg. where facilities permit, they will use the freebies like the library that provides not just peace and quiet but also, a multitude of resources that can assist the student in the process of learning and revision.
Yet even the best of intentions and plans can be undermined with situations sometimes creating havoc upon scheduled time schedules.
Remember the saying “ The best laid plans of men and mice”
What that means is that even the best thought out the best laid out plans of anyone can be brought unstuck in a single moment so for the student, it is important to remember the need for flexibility, tolerance and perseverance which brings Robert Ollis at RobertOMath to the point of:
Balance – balance in anyone’s life requires a balance between work and relaxation; between performance and re-energising.
There still comes a time for everyone when balance becomes total imbalance and when that happens, the student should never feel that they have to keep within themselves. Take the time necessary to speak with your teacher, your tutor or a counselor who can help where no solution seems apparent.