We know the best way for students to prepare when they have 3-4 months or more to prep is to get started by building up content and strategy first, with short bursts of practice to make sure that content and skills that are being studied can be applied to actual testlike items. This means the study plan slowly shifts from heavy module and qbank assignments at the beginning of your course, towards lots and lots of practice and exams at the end of your course. If you have limited time, the study plan may not include enough practice early enough for your needs! Take a look at your study plan. You want to have a good idea of where you’re scoring about a month before test day, so you can make good decisions about whether to go forward with your exam. That means you’ll want to have taken 2-3 full length tests by the month before you take your exam. If your study plan doesn’t currently have that many full lengths assigned early, you’ll need to add some exams by clicking the plus on the days where you’d like to add those exams, and putting them into your study plan. You’ll want to do this very soon, ideally today, so you can build your study plans around those full lengths.

If you’re testing soon, you also may be feeling overwhelmed by the amount of homework. Don’t worry, and remember-you have the ability to test out of content modules with those assessments! So, take a look at your module assignments as they are, and shift them around to give each day a more even balance of modules you feel confident in vs ones you struggle with. This should help you balance out to a more even amount of studying per day. Don’t skip those strategy modules though-having mastery of a single good strategy is going to help you get more points on test day than having memorized any single topic! This is also an approach you can adapt into on a week by week basis depending on your stress level. If you realize at the start of the week you can’t complete your study plan commitments-don’t panic! Sit down, take 15-30 minutes, and reallocate your time, focusing on balancing modules to make the week more manageable without overloading your future self. We all fall behind on occasion-it’s how you manage that situation and get back on your feet that defines your success!

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