Why organise for an exam?

Organising for an exam allows you to set landmarks and to always know where you stand.

Why should you organise? If only to occasionally change the programme if you feel like it. Setting objectives will help you be calm and confident.

Step-by-step guide to exam organisation

Exam registration and withdrawal deadlines:
You must be aware of these dates issued in the academic calendar

To be done latest by the PREVIOUS DAY before the registration deadline:

  • assess the volume of work for each subject 
  • assess your learning capacity for each subject
  • assess the time you have to work at home
  • take weightings/coefficients into account
  • balance out subjects requiring deeper knowledge from the more descriptive branches
  • map out your needs over time
  • foresee some leeway for the unexpected
  • draw up your exam plan and STICK TO IT.

Weekly forecast
A week is the most practical planning unit 

  • take stock of progress each Monday
  • amend your work plan if needed.

Daily revision programme
Are some times more conducive to studying?

  • No absolute rule
  • Follow your natural pace

Aside from individual preferences, a biological rule has it that we may feel tired after lunch (the Mediterranean siesta). 

Work sessions

  • avoid working non-stop
  • foresee pauses to recuperate 

The duration of a work session is based on the nature of the task at hand.
Make sure to clearly distinguish between work and rest periods. 

Alternating subjects and tasks

  • Alternation avoids monotony and the sensation of repetitiveness
  • Start with the most difficult subject to get rid of it sooner rather than later
  • Alternate subjects, but also tasks, e.g. reading a chapter, memorising essential points, repeating exercises, etc.

Getting to work
Getting down to work is the most difficult. Work to be done is more tyring than work behind you.

Some tips:

  • set how much time you are prepared to spend
  • time yourself: a limited period of time is better used
  • have your tools at hand to avoid getting confused
  • foresee external stimuli for motivation.

Make the most of your spare time 

  • Use the spare time between lectures or on public transport to review your notes or a course, etc.

These small periods amount to several hours a week.

Teamwork
has the following benefits:

  • mutual enrichment
  • encouraging each other when demotivated
  • stimulating each other
  • checking one’s own understanding
  • sharing out tasks
  • preparing for oral exams
  • comparing work methods
  • opening doors to working life.

Although teamwork complements individual study, you will have to do both. 

Success in in your own hands:

  • There is no numerus clausus
  • 60% success in 1st preparatory year
  • 20% of failures are attributed to lack of work
  • 20% of failures are attributed to lack of basic knowledge

 We recommend that: 

  • you realise this is no picnic
  • you get in touch with us in case of failure
  • you avoid worrying too much, others have passed the exams before you!

The Student Affairs Department is at your disposal for any information or advice.