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2020 Atomi Study Timetables

By Danielle Barakat on 25 August 2020NSWblogStudy tipsExam advice

If you're familiar with our timetables, you might notice that we're doing things a little differently in 2020.

Designed by our expert content team, our subject-specific timetables now comes with study plans that will get you on the right track leading into your external exams. They'll help direct your study, make sure you understand all your material and are well prepared for any exam question that might come your way.

The study plans focus on how to revise and practise answering questions in the six weeks before your final exams. We haven't allocated time to learn the content or write notes—we're assuming you've got that under your belt 😉. If you don't, take a weekend to go through your notes and make sure they're complete, so you're ready to start studying. We’ve written up a guide for making sure your notes are in order so check that out too!

Using these subject-specific study plans, you can then create your own custom timetable or use one of our ready-made samples. So let's take a closer look at how this works.


Overview

Overall, we’re aiming to cover all of the content in each subject every two weeks starting 6 weeks before your first exam. To achieve this, we’ve broken down each subject into eight study sessions per fortnight which are yours to piece together into a final study timetable.

But, what is actually in each of these study sessions? Well, this depends on two things:

  1. The subject itself.
  2. And, how long we have until the exam.

We’ve broken down the topics in each subject so that there's about an equal amount of work in each session. You can find what’s in these sessions linked in the below, but let’s go through the general idea of what the sessions will look like based on how long we have until the exam first.


Revision block: 5-6 weeks out from exams

By this point, we should be familiar with the content and it’s time to start revising.

  1. Begin by looking over the syllabus for the topics prescribed by the study plan for that subject.
  2. Then, read through your notes on these topics.
  3. And now, the important part: complete the Atomi multiple-choice quizzes to test your knowledge as you go along.

The goal here is to find gaps in your knowledge.

If you’re struggling with one topic, then you can rewatch some of our videos and add more information to your notes. On the other hand: if you find that you’re getting through all of the topics in the study session quickly, we’d recommend spending some extra time on key study areas we’ve identified in our plans!


Practice block: 3-4 weeks out from exams

A month out from the exam means that it’s time to start practising answering exam-style questions.

  1. Again, begin by looking over the syllabus for the topics prescribed by the study plan for that subject.
  2. Then, get stuck into answering some short-answer questions. Depending on the subject, you should use Atomi short-answer questions and those from textbooks or class. It’s also a great idea to review school assessments and send answers and drafts to teachers so that you can get feedback!

So during this time, we’re testing our ability to interpret questions and recall content. You should only be watching videos and fixing notes on topics that you don’t do as well on.


Past paper practise: 1-2 weeks out from exams

In the last couple of weeks before exams, the most important thing we need to do is complete practice papers.

This means sitting down with a whole paper and setting yourself up, just like you would in the exam. So print out the exam, find a quiet spot and use a timer so you’re under realistic exam conditions. If you need a little more guidance on exactly how to sit a practice paper under exam conditions, we have a full guide here!

The goal here is to strengthen our memory, fine-tune our exam skills and increase our confidence before going into the exam.


Download your Atomi Study Timetables

You'll get access to the study plans for Atomi subjects that aligns to your syllabus and includes the breakdown of the study sessions as outlined above. You’ll also find suggested timetables for each subject, plus a blank timetable template for you to map out your own study sessions.

Click the links below to download your syllabus-specific study plans and timetables:

Remember, our study plans are only a guide, if you need to be doing more then go for it! Good luck and remember if you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch through your Atomi account.

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