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How to ace your exams, no matter what your timetable looks like

Make your exam timetable work for you

With STUVAC next week, we asked students to share their tips for managing time, to help you prepare for exams no matter what your schedule looks like.

Exam timetables have been released for Semester 2. You're on the home stretch! 

While your timetable may feel like a 'luck of the draw' situation, know that there's support available to you if your exam timetable doesn't line up with your needs.

For example, if you have an exam scheduled between 10 pm and 6.59 am in the timezone you're living in, you may be eligible for a special arrangement.

Risha and Deborah, fourth year students from the batyr University executive team, share how they manage their study in the lead-up to exams so they can be as prepared as possible without having to take time away from other commitments.

For Risha, chipping away at a little bit of study each day and rewarding herself for the "small wins" helps keep her motivated during a busy exam season.

"When multiple exams are approaching, I try to revise a little bit of two to three units everyday," Risha says. "A little bit can mean a subtopic, writing a paragraph or doing a practice paper." 

"I also make sure to take frequent breaks and only study during times of the day where I can work efficiently," Risha says. "These help me consistently cover some ground on all my units without burning myself out." 

I make to-do lists very realistic with lots of small tasks so that I acknowledge all the small wins
Risha, Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours)
Student studying in a notebook with their textbook open

Make sure your study schedule works for you. Learning in an environment where you're comfortable will help keep you motivated.

For Deborah, creating a schedule that allows enough study time for each subject and regular breaks is key to pushing through exam season. 

"When I have multiple exams and deadlines, I try to pre-empt the amount of work that I need to do in the weeks or even the month leading up to the exam block," Deborah says. 

"I also like to use a calendar and colour code different study needs so I can make sure I'm spending time proportional to each subject."  

I always make sure to schedule in breaks and reward myself for completing content, so I feel motivated to push through
Deborah, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media & Communications)

While your exam timetable may not be what you hoped for, we hope these tips can help you create a study schedule that works for you and make this exam season as painless as possible. 

Last updated: 1 November 2022

12 May 2021

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