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Why You Need to Develop an Exam Action Plan

Last time I wrote about the importance of preparing for your exam early, as early as possible.  The more you prepare now, the better off you will be when it comes to your final exam.

You Need An Action Plan

Remember though, intending to start exam preparation early and actually starting it early are too entirely different things.  I’ve lost count of the number of students who come to me wanting help but never actually follow through.  Which is only slightly better than leaving it until the end of the semester to cram everything at the last minute.

The key to success is action, and the essential action is perseverance  –  Sun Yat-Sen

Now is the time to develop your action plan so you can get the results you want at the end.  You don’t join a gym and have no plan how you are going to get that body you want – you formulate a plan with your personal trainer and work together to develop a plan to achieve your goals.  Studying is no different.  You need to develop a plan about how you are going to get that grade you want.

Plan Elements

You need to know a few of these things:

  1. How much the exam is worth (it can often be an indicator of how difficult the exam will be)
  2. What format the exam is in (it helps unbelievably with your preparation)
  3. How you learn best (maximise your learning potential) and
  4. How to maximise your own performance (how you handle stress and how good your exam skills are)

These four elements should form part of your plan.  While you may not have all the answers now (sometimes you don’t know the format of the exam until shortly before the exam), you can utilise past exams as a substitute until you have the real thing.

The important point is to have a plan in place so you can work towards your study goals.


By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail – Benjamin Franklin

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