It has been an absolutely fabulous exam year. Sitting exams for four courses is challenging, but the changes to my study procedures over the year, my revising plan and the reality of multiple exams really helped me improve study outcomes and, hopefully, exam results. What I noticed about my exam experience this year, despite doubling my course load, is a much more focused process with better results, at least from my process point of view. This week I thought it might be helpful to others considering enrolling, or wondering what managing four courses is like, to see my Exam Diary. The schedule for my (BA English) papers started with one exam on 9 May and then three consecutive days, 14, 15 and 16 May. That’s eight interesting days, and a sixteen day revising process. Here’s what it was like:
1 May: My meta-exam revising strategy begins! At first I thought two days for each course would work but immediately realized that engaging with each course every day is more productive. The schedule that worked best for me was four sessions, one for each course, ideally of two to four hours each spaced throughout the day. This helped me maintain engagement with all the material I had to revise in an incremental process.