Enjoyment is important, but obtaining a university degree is also important. For this reason, if we have not yet started studying for the make-up exams, we are going to have to put in the batteries and make an extra effort. Let's see how to organize ourselves so that everything goes as well as possible
If we have make-up exams in September and we haven't started preparing them yet, we're doing badly (unless we only have one subject and it's easy). Therefore, at this point, what we have to do is be realistic and try to approve everything we can, not be on the honor roll of the most nerd. Having left everything to the last moment, what we must now assume is that summer is over and that we have to binge study, so enough procrastinating. Today we have to start.
First of all, the most important thing is to organize very well everything that we are going to have to study. You have to see what content each subject has, if we are missing any important material if we have to get notes, how long each subject is, what real difficulty it entails, etc.
Right now, the priority is that we have everything well organized and clear in our head so that something does not catch us by surprise at the last minute. It is also a good idea to contact a colleague who has passed these subjects to tell us about the exam help and give us some advice.
As we are short of time, you have to know which parts are the most important of each subject. Once we know the essentials to pass the recovery exams, we can complement it with other content, but right now we must synthesize the content very well and bet on those parts that are the "backbone" of each subject.
Better on the wall of our room so that we see every day what are the dates of the make-up exams and how much time we have left to prepare for each subject. It is not about stressing ourselves but about being realistic, we already know that, sometimes, we are optimistic and we believe that between now and the date of the exam there is still a lot to be done, and it is not like that.
At this point, reading the entire syllabus 20 times and transcribing it in various colors with a ballpoint pen is a total waste of time. Now you have to do a good Comprehensive reading and then use the techniques that make us memorize as quickly as possible: Self- tests, mind maps, Study cards, mnemonics, reciting aloud, summaries, Diagrams and group study will be our best allies for this final sprint.
Although the stress that causes us to have left everything for the last moment gives us tremendous energy, we must also rest. Especially if we have several make-up exams, If we spend 10 or 12 hours a day studying and we sleep little, when we show up for make-up exams we are going to have a tremendous mental mess and fatigue and we will not get anything right even if we have studied it. It is important that we sleep the recommended eight hours a day and that we take breaks during the study. What is recommended is that we take a short break, of about ten or fifteen minutes every hour of study, and then a break of one hour every four. At first, since we don't feel tired, we tend to go on without stopping for hours, but then, as time goes on, we get worse and worse. The same thing happens as the days go by and fatigue accumulates, so we must follow a good rest routine throughout the process.
Visual memory helps a lot and, therefore, it is good that we hang all the diagrams, mnemonic rules, drawings, and mental maps so that we can see them easily and at any time.
The time of day when we are most productive is the one that takes place in the two hours after waking up in the morning, so we should take advantage of that time to study what is hardest for us and save the easier subjects for last when we are already tired and our concentration has decreased.
A little tension facilitates concentration and helps to prepare for recovery exams, but if the level of stress increases, it can be catastrophic because it paralyzes us and makes us not retain what we study. We can control stress if it becomes excessive, pushing away negative and obsessive thoughts using relaxation techniques and doing some daily sports. Much encouragement already for all of you!