Having an effective plan till the very last day of exams
Now that we have all our resources, we have to plan out what and how to utilize each of them. Firstly we split this task into two as we have two major components of our studying: practice and revision. Practice is done through completing past paper while revision is done through reading, understanding and revising parts of the syllabus.
Creating a Past Paper Plan
You should have, by now, created a chart of all the past papers you are hoping to attempt. Though it may seem early, you should start past papers by December/January time so that you have time to do all the papers available comfortably without cramming near exam time. Firstly, you should know that your plan doesn’t have to be perfect and it does not have to stay the same until the end; I usually start with a simple plan of doing one session of past papers per week. Just set every day with 2 (or 3 with IGs) past papers per day and follow that timetable for a period of time. You should set the days efficiently making sure you have enough time to do the papers without too much difficulty because remember you still have school work to continue doing. Leave hard papers for days that you know will be easy and with less homework.
Now as you reach closer to the exam dates (last month), you should look at the number of papers you’ve done up till then and evaluate the time you have left. Look at the number of days you have left and the number of past papers left. Make a good judgement of the number of past papers you can do – you do not need to do every paper so don’t waste valuable revision time trying to do as many as possible. If you have started from Dec/Jan then you would have very few papers left anyway. Instead of a timetable, this time I recommend you create a daily planner for each task. I like to create a huge grid with days filled in like a calendar but with bigger boxes so I can fill out tasks for that specific day. This helps you visualize every day until your exam.
Creating a Revision Plan
This part of planning is difficult to generalize as we all have different learning methods and while someone may need a lot of revision time, another would just need a few hours before the exam. Revision planning is difficult for me too but what I tend to do is write down all the revision tasks I need to do for a specific week and complete them whenever I find some time. These tasks tend to include writing notes and revising for a test during the school year. During study leave, tasks include moderating/re-checking notes against syllabus and revising a subject. In the planner above, I left a full day before an exam for a specific subject where I would read through notes, check past papers and clear any final doubts that I have listed beforehand. So, though it may not be a “plan”, a way to tackle revision tasks is by writing an extremely thorough list of tasks which have been broken down into essential bits so you can easily tick them off as you complete them.