8 tips to well prepare your second session

If you too need guidance and motivation for your second session, you’re at the right place! Amanote’s team is also here to help students during this hard time. This small, non-exhaustive list will allow you to experience this exam session at college or uni in a more positive way, and to pass your exams without too much difficulty!

Identify and benefit from error

If this second session was expected, it is simple; you surely know the cause and you know how to go about it now. Haven’t you studied enough? Haven’t you given enough hours to this subject or have you started too late?

If, on the contrary, you thought you had succeeded; ask yourself what was wrong and consult your first session exam(s) if possible! This way, you will be able to give more time or attention to the parts of the subject or exam that have defeated you and will be more effective to study.

Collaborate if needed

Collaboration between students is very important to succeed at uni! At Amanote, we are convinced of this and it is for this reason that we advocate this aspect on our software, which allows for a lot of exchanges between students.

If, for example, you minimized the importance of taking notes during the course (we don’t advise, come read us to find out how essential it is), during the second session you no longer have the opportunity to do so. This is why it is important to exchange notes with others as it completes your understanding of the course.

Find a particular teacher in the last minute

At the moment, with all the platforms that exist, it’s easy to find a private teacher near you! So, if you see that you still have some trouble with a subject, make an appointment as soon as possible in a few clicks to be more successful !

Establish good habits

It can never be repeated enough; but having a good routine, a healthy lifestyle, a varied and balanced diet and a regular sleep rhythm help. Do not hesitate to set up this stimulating routine a few days before you really start your exam session. Good habits can really have an impact on motivation and productivity.

Plan your days

You probably know that, but making a study plan is a crucial step for a successful exam session. Start by asking yourself how many hours or days each class takes to establish the structure of your schedule. Then, the more detailed you go (part of the course, exercises, etc.), the more feasible your schedule will be.

With this, define an ideal and precise schedule, according to the number of hours you want to study during your day.
In the organization of your exam session, do not forget to include breaks. Yes, to be more productive and stay focused during your study times, it is very important!

To find motivation, there is nothing like taking time for you outside your place of study. Getting your mind out, having a drink or playing sports will allow you to work better afterwards.

After each day, adapt the next one according to the days you still have to study before your exam. Indeed, your goals can change if you have had unforeseen or other.

Choose the best place to study and alternate study places

There is not only your room or desk to study ! The most logical way would be to choose the place according to the activity. 

For example, if you have to memorize a part of a lesson by heart, study quietly at home. If you have exercises to do, go to a livelier place like the library or a café, alone or with friends. There are many choices, it only remains to find what suits you best!

Install apps that help focus

We are all (or almost) addicted to it, or at least it prevents us from being concentrated and productive; our phone, and technologies in general. The best solution is therefore to move away from it or to cut off all the time for study sessions. This can be a real game changer in your productivity ! 

However, these high-tech tools can also be useful with apps to improve your concentration when you revise. Like Noisli, SelfControl or Forest.

Plan the “after-exam”

To make your exam period go faster, and to motivate you, think about scheduling one or more activities that mark the end of your session! Counting the days will be more stimulating for you. A trip, several days of rest, or even parties. The main thing is to plan something that will allow you to see time go faster!

Good luck !

Sarah Kos


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