The one week study plan
Deep breath-I have one week to test day and I have a week off work which means I have the week to study, time wise it’s equivalent to an extra two weeks of my normal level of studying before the exam. So how do I make the most of it while not turning myself into a stress bunny?
When I revising at university I used to have spilt the day into three/four parts-with 2 hour study sessions. Think my basic plan is to spilt the day into chucks and my typical day could look like this.
Early morning session 8am-9:30am. This painfully early start is just to get my brain used to firing on all cylinders in the morning. I’ve got used to doing early morning maths practice, might as well keep up the good work. Moved from 40% of questions right to 50%. Really need it to increase to about 70-80% by the end of next week.
Increase maths speed and accuracy practice. Found out I could still be quicker on the basic eg percentage increases/decreases and algebra, so I’m proposing hour of basic maths with a focus of getting my speed and accuracy up on the basics. That primary school maths website I signed up will come in useful again. Using it again might even stop me getting emails saying my kid hasn’t done any homework recently. (How, do I tell them I’m the kid?)
Grammar. To really nail the exam I need to perfect my knowledge and application grammar for the sentence correction element of the verbal section. Being honest I’m going to cram grammar rules in my head, I will be well surprised if the knowledge lasts past test day. The TEFL grammar website I’ve signed up to should be useful for learning the necessary grammar. I even get to sit exams, I just need to pass level two and three and if I pass I even get a qualification. Who says GMAT studying is bad?
Afternoon session. Practice past exams questions from the official guide and some tough maths questions for fun. According to the forums one way to improve your current standard it’s useful to practice more difficult questions then the OK questions seem easy in comparison. Downside this approach can seriously back fire if I’m not careful, and make me loss confidence and increase my stress/anxiety levels.
Exercise/get some fresh air. Go for run, I’ve now got the exercise bug back, so might as well make the most it and dust off the running shoes to provide my brain a break, this will also help ensure that my body doesn’t hate me so much when hockey season starts again. In theory it will also help my body get used to the idea of doing a 4 hour exam.
Evening study session. mmm. Not thought about this, either review questions I got wrong this morning and have another go or review a section or maths topic I want to improve eg Integrated reasoning, or the properties of triangles.
I also need to include some socialising and relaxing before the exam. So I’m thinking taking maybe an afternoon off mid-week and make the most of London and then taking the day before the exam off.