You have probably come across the SMARTER model as a way of organising a project.
It works like this
Significant, Stretching, Simple
Meaningful, Motivational, Manageable
Appropriate, Achievable, Agreed, Assignable, Actionable, Ambitious, Aligned, Aspirational, Acceptable, Action-focused
Result-Based, Results-oriented, Resourced, Resonant, Realistic
Time-oriented, -framed, -based, -bound, -Specific, -tabled, -limited,
E Evaluate, Ethical, Excitable, Enjoyable, Engaging, Ecological
R Reevaluate, Rewarded, Reassess, Revisit, Recordable, Rewarding
In order to apply these practical strategies to your revision work for exams, I would also recommend:
- Short blocks of time for work
- A balanced workload between all subjects means variety
- Days off work for leisure
- Writing down a list of reasons to be motivated
- Rewarding yourself for doing the hours planned
- Not starting to revise too late
- Summarising your notes
- Creating Mindmaps or other visualizations
- Devising your own mnemonics or memory games
- Reading past exam papers
- Ensuring that you know what the examiners are looking for
- Doing timed answers and exercises
- Trying out model opening and closing paragraphs for essays
- Learning about 50 impressive words to use in discussions, arguments, or concepts
- Working with your teachers to explain what's not clear
- Working with friends collaboratively in teams
- Good luck!
Dr Ian McCormick is the author of The Art of Connection: the Social Life of Sentences
(2013) Also available on Kindle, or to download.
Also worth a look: The PhD Roadmap: A Guide to Successful Submission of your Dissertation / Thesis.
Dr Ian McCormick's other recent publications include chapters on Romanticism and Gothic Literature inThe English Literature Companion, edited by Julian Wolfreys (Palgrave Student Companions 2011).