Emond Exam Prep: How to Create a Personalized Study Schedule: 3 Tips

Preparing for your Ontario Licensing Exam(s) can be a daunting task, one which takes a great amount of time and effort. However it is not insurmountable if you take smart steps to organize yourself before diving into the material. To stay on track and avoid cramming near the end, a well thought out study schedule is key. These steps will help to guide you through the creation of your own personalized study schedule:

Think about pages per day.

Divide up your reading by the number of days you have to study, so that you know precisely how many pages you need to read each day or week. Then, be disciplined and stick to your page-per-day plan. Make sure you’re realistic: if you don’t think you can get through the content at the rate you’ve set, consider writing your exam at a later date if possible. Many people find that 6-10 weeks is sufficient, but it will depend on your own comfort level and how much time you are able to devote to studying each day.

Space out your study time.

Do a bit of reading every day, and allow yourself to catch up on weekends if necessary. The exact amount will vary based on how many weeks you have until exam day. Try starting your day with 45 minutes of studying, or slot it into your evenings if you’re more alert then. Add a couple extra hours on Saturdays so that you can meet your weekly page goal. Everyone’s pace will be different, but shorter, more regular intervals of reading will increase your retention and help you avoid burnout.

Make the most of your downtime.

Studying doesn’t always need to take up a huge block of your day. Keep your materials within reach so you can brush up whenever you find yourself with a bit of time to kill. Fifteen minutes of review while you’re eating lunch, riding the bus, or waiting at the doctor’s office will add up if you make it a habit.


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