Exam Life: How to Juggle Multiple Subjects

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Amy studied at the University of Bristol and is our revision blog guru. She only graduated recently so understands the pressures of being a student better than most, and is here to share her wisdom so that you revise effectively, smash your exams, succeed at school and write cracking university and job applications.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re juggling so many different subjects, and more often than not your exams won’t be evenly spaced out across the exam period.

However, there’s no reason to fear this subject variety — just follow our tips to become a juggling pro…

1. Prioritise

Prioritisation is the key to keeping on top of everything. Get hold of the exam timetables as soon as possible so you know what’s happening when, and make sure you’re revising with your exam dates in mind.

Make sure you prioritise the subjects you find most difficult, because these will need the most time and work. It takes discipline but will pay off massively on results day!

2. Organise

Organisation is also vital. Make sure each subject has a separate folder or notebook so you know where all your notes and past papers are.

Also ensure you organise your time. Creating a revision timetable that is effective yet slightly flexible will help you revise everything thoroughly before the exam.

3. Practice

We’ve talked before about how important past papers are to exam success, but they’re even more important when you’re juggling a range of subjects. Each one has a unique format and timings and you don’t want to be confusing them. Even within a subject, you may find the exams are of different lengths. Practicing in timed conditions well in advance means you’ll be in the groove come exam day.

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4. Make crib sheets

There may be days where you have exams for different subjects back-to-back. Although not ideal, with a little planning this can be dealt with.

Create a crib sheet summarising key information, quotes and formulas that you can read over before you go into an afternoon exam. This will help you get your head in the game before you go in, by reminding you of key ideas and concepts.

5. Take care of yourself

Looking after yourself during the exam period is as important as revision. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and you need to make sure you don’t burn out before your final exam. As we mentioned in the previous chapter, getting enough sleep, eating properly and doing exercise will help get you to the finish line.

Keep calm and remember – your brain is able to store the equivalent of one million gigabytes of information at once. More than enough to get you through those exams!

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Very helpful and I'm now using these techniques for my O levels.

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pro advice

Thanks a lot

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very encouraging and a great aid!!

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