how to prepare for tests & exams effectively


Hello everyone! In this video I will guide you through my
tips on how to plan for your exam season to make sure you tackle all of the reading and
note taking in time, so you can have the best possible grades. You don’t need a fancy planner or app to
make the perfect plan for your exams or finals week. A couple of pieces of paper will do the job
just fine. The idea here is to create a schedule slash
calendar dedicated to this season and the sooner you start, the better. My method is dividing the paper in boxes for
all the days that remain until your exam season ends. You can do this in a typical monthly layout
and then use one page per month. If you don’t want the trouble of doing all
of this drawing on your own, I will leave a couple of really simple templates in the
description box so you can just print everything right away. For multiple classes or multiple exams, I
advise you to use a color code to distinguish studying for different purposes. Mark your exam dates in their specific colors
in the corresponding days. You can use colored pens, highlighters, stickers,
post it notes, and so on. It depends on your preferences. Next you should start dividing the chapters
you need to study each day. I encourage you to avoid doing unnecessary
work by simply referring to the index or table of contents of your main textbook, or, in
case you don’t have one, your syllabi, where the content or chapters of your class are
laid out for you. Most professors in university hand these out
in the beginning of the year and although they may seem like useless information spreadsheets
at the time, they can really come in handy in this stage. Taking into account your table of contents
or syllabi, your goal is to take each chapter and find a dedicated slot of time to study
that chapter. Don’t worry about subchapters, titles or
subtitles now – your goal is to decide when you want to study an isolated chapter. If it’s a big chunk of material, feel free
to divide it. I also suggest that you divide your time inside
each box according to the number of daily sessions you want to have. For instance, if you usually study in the
afternoon and evening, you can use the top of the box to write down the chapter you want
to study in the afternoon and the bottom of the box to write down the chapter you want
to study in the evening. If for some reason, you are absolutely sure
that you are not going to be able to study in a specific day, for instance during the
holidays, make sure to cross out that day in your calendar so you can organize your
studying around those days. The goal here is to be able to visually anticipate
exactly what you should be studying and when; being honest about your available time is
very important to get this information right. If you are too optimistic when scheduling
your time, a gap in your calendar will probably throw off all of your plans and force you
to overlap two study sessions to compensate. Spreading out your readings in advance will
help you have great information retention in short bursts. Make sure to leave a buffer day the day before
the exam so you can go through all of your previous notes and summaries and rest for
a while. Of course, that the division of time by chapter
you are making will vary according to your classes. Some of your exams will probably demand more
studying then others so you should have that in mind while you are doing this exercise. Once you finish this, you have an official
study map to guide you throughout your entire finals season. Planning for your exams, however, is not over
yet. Although having a general calendar will be
a life saver, going through more detailed planning ahead will make the whole process
a lot easier. Taking into account the table of contents
or syllabi you used previously, you should be making a separate study guide for each
one of your study sessions. Although this seems like a lot of work, simply
dividing your syllabus into different chunks will do the job or, if you are feeling creative,
you can create a separate document for each study session with detailed bullets including
all the topics, subtopics and concepts you need to study for that day. If you adopt this last method, I encourage
you to keep one study guide per page and then group all pages with a binder clip. So now that you have these two separate resources
to help you study, you are basically going to use your major calendar every day to know
what major chapter or chapters you need to study. Then you grab your dedicated study guides
and use them while you study or write down your notes to mark each subtopic as you read
or work on it. This will allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment
and will also allow you to be certain that you are actually covering all of the material
you should and aren’t forgetting even the smallest detail.

57 thoughts on “how to prepare for tests & exams effectively

  • November 30, 2018 at 5:57 pm
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    thats the video i've been waiting for.

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  • November 30, 2018 at 6:03 pm
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    damn today was my last exam lul

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  • November 30, 2018 at 6:27 pm
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    mari, eu te adoro, mas o jeito que você segura tua caneta me incomoda hahaha ❤️❤️

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  • November 30, 2018 at 7:42 pm
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    Filofax video! How do you organize it?😍

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  • November 30, 2018 at 8:34 pm
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    need this

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  • November 30, 2018 at 8:45 pm
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    Thanks 🥰

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  • November 30, 2018 at 8:56 pm
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    Hello. a couple of things…1)is your blog working? 2) I've looked at a lot of your videos lately and can't really tell which calendar app and note-taking app you are really using (for all practical purposes)? 3) I heard you mention you would do a video on the Apple pencil but I can't find it ( also can't find the one on handwriting)…? 
    Love, love, love your channel. Definitely one of the very best on Youtube. Thank you.

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  • November 30, 2018 at 9:33 pm
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    This is sooo helpful 😍 I really love all ur videos 😀 Greetings from Germany! 😀

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  • November 30, 2018 at 9:33 pm
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    Perfect timing, I got my exam schedule today (first exams ever in uni!! 😱) Thanks for the tips!

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  • November 30, 2018 at 10:14 pm
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    Olá sigo-te a +/- um ano e gosto muito dos teus vídeos ,gostava de saber uma coisa, estás na faculdade a tirar o curso de história? Eu estou no 11e estou a pensar seguir história !

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  • December 1, 2018 at 12:00 am
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    This week we'll have our laboratory finals week & mock defense, then next next week we'll have our lecture finals week & our defense. This really helped me in planning out not only my exams but also my remaining quizzes this sem. Thank you for your help again, Mariana!!! 💙

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  • December 1, 2018 at 1:18 am
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    Luv it!!! so useful ^^

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  • December 1, 2018 at 3:28 am
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    I love the video and it would surely help with my future exams. Unfortunately, I had my last final exam on Wednesday so this video was a bit late for me 😛

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  • December 1, 2018 at 3:48 am
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    I 😍 u plz may u make a video on how to study 9 subjects in 1 month plz dear

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  • December 1, 2018 at 4:34 am
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    I have exams starting on Monday lol

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  • December 1, 2018 at 4:34 am
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    This video was really helpful. These tips will definitely come in handy when I have to study for my finals that are in March! Thank you!

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  • December 1, 2018 at 5:00 am
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    ill be having my exam next week and next next week….

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  • December 1, 2018 at 5:19 am
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    hey! what is a good app for planning/planner?

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  • December 1, 2018 at 5:26 am
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    I needed this! Exam season is coming in a month

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  • December 1, 2018 at 6:09 am
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    hi from Russia!

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  • December 1, 2018 at 7:56 am
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    always best one

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  • December 1, 2018 at 11:17 am
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    I used a B5 notebook to write my daily plan. (one page per day. ) Instead of a calendar. Cause an A4 paper is too small to fill in all my plans lol Thanks for sharing. Hope we can all be productive all the time! Best of lucks.

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  • December 1, 2018 at 11:47 am
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    Podias publicar um vídeo a explicar como se faz um trabalho académico da melhor maneira possível. Estou a falar de trabalhos em formato WORD. Podias dizer quais foram as funções que te ajudaram a realizar um bom trabalho

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  • December 1, 2018 at 2:12 pm
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    Hello from Indonesia 😁 thank you for tips ^_^

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  • December 1, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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    Wow, I just realised that you have a really unique way of writing 😄

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  • December 1, 2018 at 3:34 pm
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    I have 7 exams in 7 school days 😰

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  • December 1, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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    What a great video, and the best of all: it was simple. And a very important thing you mentioned is that we really need to be realistic, I used to program a lot of things to study in a single day and that was imposible to accomplish. So right now I just select the most important chapters of my textbooks and I then I organize two chapter per day, an that’s all. I think it’s better specially when you have to study huge amounts of content.

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  • December 1, 2018 at 4:31 pm
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    Its my maths exam on this coming thursday

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  • December 2, 2018 at 12:40 am
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    Your videos make my school life manageable and productive. Mariana if you don’t mind me asking how do you hold your pen

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  • December 2, 2018 at 5:02 am
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    Love from India

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  • December 2, 2018 at 9:28 am
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    Thank you for this video! I get really frustrated because sometimes teachers don't give us a review guide (with the list of the stuff we need to know) until the last day, so sometimes it can be so hard to know what to study 😢

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  • December 2, 2018 at 10:00 am
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    Who want's to be my study buddy?

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  • December 2, 2018 at 3:35 pm
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    GOOD NIGHT 🌃 🌃 🌃
    IT'S VERY NICE VIDEO
    REALLY NEED IT FOR EXAM,,
    THANKS YOU SOO MUCH

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  • December 2, 2018 at 6:25 pm
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    2:24 Is it a Filofax binder?

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  • December 2, 2018 at 10:59 pm
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    My semester just ended last week xD but I'll take note of this for next semester

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  • December 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm
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    This was really helpful!! Thanks for uploading such inspiration and motivational videos…love you!🌺☺️

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  • December 4, 2018 at 8:07 am
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    That's really great

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  • December 4, 2018 at 1:55 pm
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    Fans from China !! Thank you for your sharing. I've got lots of exams these days!

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  • December 5, 2018 at 10:26 am
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    Hi !!! Where did you bought your maroon colour binder

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  • December 5, 2018 at 11:02 am
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    My exams are coming on january…thnx for the video and let me tell you your nails look so good

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  • December 5, 2018 at 11:04 am
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    Lots of love from india

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  • December 6, 2018 at 9:24 am
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    Please a planner set up video 😀🙌🏻

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  • December 12, 2018 at 12:58 am
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    Are you brazilian? I recognize your accent, but I'm not sure.

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  • December 12, 2018 at 9:42 pm
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    Please make a video about how to make a study guide

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  • December 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm
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    Pq vc não coloca legenda em português?

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  • December 29, 2018 at 6:23 am
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    onde vc estuda?

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  • January 4, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    Needed this have exams twice this month and struggling to find motivation for the actual work up-to exams. Can't believe I left it until late but better than never, the bullet journal tips make sense.

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  • January 5, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    This inspired me to make a blank calendar, as you did in the video, and use it for my study/research plans throughout the semester. That way it doesn't get jumbled up with casual homework assignments and other "to-do" items.
    Haha, I do love your accent. So relaxing 😅

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  • January 22, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    2019th like 🙂

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  • March 8, 2019 at 2:59 pm
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    Lol help it’s Friday and I start writing on Monday😊fml

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  • March 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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    Você é brasileira, estuda em faculdade brasileira? Seus materiais são em português! Haha

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  • March 17, 2019 at 11:53 am
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    i want that pen you used for the calender. where please?

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  • March 21, 2019 at 4:03 am
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    Thank you Mariana Love From Italy 🇮🇹

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  • June 22, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    I am done with my exams 😊

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  • August 6, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    Calendar template is very helpful…one of my friends print it out and have it to me…thank you so much for that link.. happy with that 🙂 👍…

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    you are ways to study aren't you? you sound exactly the same

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  • October 15, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    Can someone tell me the name of those pen?

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