Coming up to the last few months, weeks and even days to the exams, I always get asked, "Is it too late for me to start studying?". The short answer that I always give, regardless of the time, is, "No!". OK yes, maybe it's a bit late to only start studying now, but it's never too late, so you should never use the excuse "Oh I won't bother studying now because it's too late to start".
Here's why it's not too late and also how to use the short amount of time you have most efficiently
Why it's not too late
Because Every Little Helps
Deciding to "not bother studying" because it's too late now and there's "no point starting" is a huge mistake. Even if it's 3 days before the exams, you can still fit in some extra pieces of info into your brain that could make a difference in your test.
Say you have 3 days left before exams, and you use those days to study one topic in Irish. Then in the exam, that topic comes up. Even if you couldn't answer anything else very well, at least you have one thing that you're going to get high marks in.
This can be the difference between a grade, so never ever resign to doing completely nothing.
Because you can't underestimate your brain
Your brain is amazing, and its possibilities are endless. Don't underestimate what it and your memory can do in the short space of a few days or weeks.
Take care of it and use it well, and it will help you out in return while you're studying and doing your exams
How to use the time you have left efficiently
Make a Study Plan
The first thing you need to do in order to get the most out of your last-minute study is make a study plan. Making a study plan lets you visualise what all you need to get done, will put your mind in organisation and focus mode, and allows you to set goals, targets and study outcomes. Without a plan, you'll end up choosing random subjects and topics to study without any time limit and you won't get half of the info into your brain that you could potentially.
Thankfully, we've already made a study plan template for you here on Studyclix and you can view it and print it off here. Once you've done that, fill it in and start studying the most important and vital topics/subjects for you asap.
Commit and Focus
Time is precious now and a lot of it has already been wasted. Now is the time to put other things aside and really put in the effort for the sake of a few weeks. Although I definitely recommend taking plenty of study breaks and still including hobbies, exercise and a social life (to an extent) in your life, when you only have a short amount of time left, it may be necessary to make a few small sacrifices if you're serious about doing well. For example, maybe tell your friends you can only meet them for an hour instead of the whole day, or only watch 1 episode of your favourite TV programme instead of 4. The time you have now will go very quickly so you need to decide what you really want to prioritise.
Remember, good friends, TV shows, hobbies, etc., will always stick around and be there, but you will (probably) only do these exams once.
If you're serious about doing well, you will really put your head down and concentrate on studying as much as you can.
Don't Pull All-Nighters
Keep Things Short
Practise Past Papers
If all other study methods fail for you, at least try this one. Questions on the exams are so often repeated from year to year. So even if you only manage to study last-minute by doing out a few questions from past papers, it could make a difference to your grade. A question you might practise might come up again on your exam the next day and you could get a grade higher as a result.
Never underestimate the power and possibilities of last-minute studying!