Exam Prep Day 5: What tasks do you need to accomplish?

Now that you:
1) Know how well you are doing in your classes,
2) know what marks you are aiming for on the final,
3) figured out what you have to study, and
4) gathered resources together,

it’s time to make todo lists!

The steps below work for me, but definitely adapt it to suit your needs.

The first thing to do is grab a sheet of paper for each subject. Now write these headings (make sure you leave space between them): “Review”, “Concepts”, “Practice”, and “Sample Exams”.

“Review” consists of going over your notes and textbooks and learning (hopefully relearning) some of the topics. Things to put in this section are readings that you have to (re)do and notes you should read or rewrite.

“Concepts” include all the concepts you have yet to understand or is confused about. Go as detailed as you possibly can. This section should be dedicated to big, overarching concepts that are super important or small details that are tripping you up. If you find whole sections of topics confusing, slot that into the review section.

“Practice” consists of any practice questions, problem sets, assignments, homework, online quizzes, and the works. These are questions that you want to do before your final to solidify your learning of the material or to familiarize yourself with the exam format. You may have a few or tons of questions. If you have too many to do realistically, note down the most important ones and start from there. If you don’t have enough, make your own!

“Sample Exams” are the practice finals or (even better) old finals that you should write under exam conditions.

Your list will be constantly updated as you think of new tasks. Let it evolve. As you get nearer to exam time, it may be necessary to cut out some tasks because you don’t have the time to complete them. Use your best judgement and focus on those tasks that would give you the highest marks.

If you like using web applications, here are a few of my favourite minimalist online todo apps:

Google Tasks: https://mail.google.com/tasks/ig?pli=1
Todoist: http://todoist.com/
Tasko (Based on taskpaper): http://taskodone.com/
TeuxDeux: http://teuxdeux.com/

Alrighty! Moving right along onto scheduling

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