It can be easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re juggling so many different exam subjects.
There’ll be some you find easier and some that require more work, but each will have a different type of exam and marking criteria that you’ll want to master. And, unfortunately, you can’t control your exam timetable, meaning your tests may not be evenly spaced out throughout the exam period.
However, there’s no reason to fear this subject variety – it can be your friend! Moving between subjects which activate different parts of your brain is great for keeping you fresh, alert and creative.
Just follow our five tips to become a subject juggling pro.
Prioritisation is the key to keeping on top of everything. Make sure you get hold of the examtime tables as soon as possible so you know what’s taking place when. Then use these to help create and adjust your own revision timetable, so you’re revising in line with when your subjects take place.
A common mistake is to neglect the exams that come last. Making sure you allocate enough revision time for each module of each subject, then prioritising them sensibly, is key.
Make sure you also give yourself more time to revise and prepare for the subjects you find more difficult. Though it may be tempting to ignore them in favour of those you enjoy, it’s the topics you find harder that will need the most time and work. It may not be as much fun at the time but will pay off massively on results day.
Organisation is another vital part of your exam skill-set. You need to make sure each subject has a separate folder or notebook so you know where all your revision notes and past papers are. For essay subjects, it’s also a good idea to keep examples of coursework where you scored the highest marks. It’s great for the confidence boost that you do know what you’re talking about, as well as getting you in the right mindset to revise that subject.
As mentioned above, it’s not only crucial to organise your resources, but also your time.Creating a structure – that’s still a little flexible so you have time to address anything that comes up – is what’s going to help you out.
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 theexams are of different lengths. Practicing in timed conditions well in advance means you’ll be in the groove come exam day.
4) Take note
There may be days where you have exams back-to-back, and in different subjects. Although not ideal, with a little planning, there’s no reason for this to affect your results. Part of your revision can be to create a crib sheet summarising key information, quotes and formulas that you can quickly read over before each exam. This will help you focus completely on the task in hand, calm those pesky exam nerves, and put to one side whatever may have happened before.
5) Take care
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. Getting enough sleep, eating properly to fuel your mind and body, and taking care of your health will keep you going to the finish line.
Keep calm and remember - you’re brain is able to store the equivalent of one million gigabytes of information at once. More than enough to get you through those exams!
Best of luck!