To plan the study for final exams

It seems that in the USA they are as in Spain, all the locked up students preparing his final exams. To plan the study is complex and I have received newsletters on this subject of two of the experts who itself, Tom Miller and Thomas Frank.

It is a signal. I am also going to speak of how planning the end.


This article, exactly. Ah, the life of the bloguero multitask€¦ But it does not matter, because my bloggers of reference has provided me the idea to speak envelope how to plan the weeks of study for final exams.

You can read his entrances in these connections:

Tom Miller, in

Thomas Frank, in


If you are organizado/of a natural form, you will already be planning.

If you are desorganizado/a as I I were it, your idea to establish a calendar is limited to seat to you to study the maximum number of hours possible and to begin by the subject whose date of examination is next.

If to plan it distresses to you, forget to you the anguish. It remembers that to plan it has many advantages:

  • You release €œram memory€ of your brain to dedicate it to only study
  • You reduce to stress and anxiety
  • You maintain your physical health, which improves your intellectual yield


  1. Reserve time every day for 3 fundamental things: to eat suitably; to sleep the sufficient thing; and to make physical exercise. The end is a basic race. You can allow you to make a food from time to time trash, or to sleep little the night before an examination. But you cannot do it during 2 or 3 weeks followed, because your efficiency as student lowers excessively.
  2. It respects the principle of Pareto with each subject. That is to say, it selects that 20% of the agenda that will render a 80% to you of the benefits in the final exam (relation 20/80 is not realistic in the university examinations, but you understand the idea, truth): It does without historical introductions, of dosages that do not fall in the examination, of too detailed anatomical and physiological bases, of classifications TNM.
  3. It reduces temptations of procrastinar. That is to say, it closes whattsapp and Facebook. It flees from the videos of kittens in Youtube. I know firm with same you. It requests help if it is necessary to a roommate or your mother. It limits the access digital diversions in your programmed short whiles of leisure.
  4. I know realistic with the hours available every day. It counts the hours that you will need to eat, to sleep and to make physical exercise, and do it with generosity and ample margin. A trick: it always counts on finishing to the reviews a day before the eve of examination. Thus the last day serves as mattress to recover hours of review final, S.A. you go just, or to rest if you are made dust.


This can become throughout the semester. If it is not done, it is the first task before seating to you to study:

  1. It reunites the notes of all the classes. In its defect, notes of third people, or a book of suitable level (neither very superficial, nor very detailed).
  2. Ten by hand Gu­a Docente/Program/Syllabus of the subject.
  3. It analyzes how the final exam with respect to partial examinations or works is described written: if the final exam supposes 80% of the note, you must study thoroughly much more that if it supposes 40% of the total. This varies much according to the faculty in which you are.
  4. It secures examinations to practice. If you have luck, you will have old examinations of the same professors. In his defect, you can use questions of examinations MIR/EIR/PIR/ENARM€¦; questions with reasoned text book answers (yes, books, those inanimate objects that are in the libraries of your university); and in worse of the cases, the examinations online of trustworthy sources.


  1. Reserve 2 hours 30 minutes daily to eat. Half an hour for breakfast, 1 hour for food and 1 hour for dinner.
  2. Half an hour daily reserve for physical exercise, which supposes 3 weekly hour and a half. If already beams some programmed exercise, mantenlo (to run 1 hour to alternating days, to receive classes of yoga/Pilates/Hums/what is 2 times to the week). You do not reduce your habitual time of exercise more than 1/3 of your habitual dedication, or your endorfinas will lower and your stress will raise. If beams do not deport habitually, salt to walk by a park.
  3. It reserves your hours of dream, those that you need, are 7, 8 or 10. This is sacred!
  4. Account real hours from study to the day and multiplies by the days that are until the examination.  Generally, it is not possible to study concentradamente more than 8 hours every day. If doubts of this, ask any opponent MIR.
  5. It distributes the hours between the different subjects. If you have luck and is sufficient hours between an examination and another one, you do not need to synchronize the study of each subject. If you are a very important examination only 2 after a previous examination, you will have to distribute hours of study for the 2 subjects. It fits the hours according to the importance of each matter:
  • More hours for difficult matters, or that you have not studied to the day, or that you take with bad mark in the partisans
  • More hours for examinations with greater weight in the final note


Do it with the greater possible detail. Thus you reduce your mental load. It seems a triviality, but to decide what to study at every moment remains to you just a little bit of energy every time, and you need to conserve your energies to study and to review. The detail in the calendar also serves you to control what you take fact and what you need to do at every moment.

It remembers that to alternate tasks it serves as rest.

  • For that reason, it puts in reviews between great blocks of study. For example, review of examination B (important, but behind schedule in the calendar) between blocks of study of examination A (first of the calendar).
  • It puts in study places. For example, it reviews cards flash of the subject To giving a stroll by a park between blocks of study of the seated subject To in your table.
  • It puts in study modalities. For example, it reads the subject To in separated blocks by the accomplishment of schemes of subject A. Or puts in tests of practice of the subject To between blocks of reading of subjects A.
  • It puts in study positions. We speak of that in this entrance.


I hardly bring a scheme to you of cycle of study that I have taken, with modifications, of Tom Miller (in this entrance of its blog. I recommend to you that you subscribe, is a jewel).

Flow of study of Tom Miller who I recommend to you to try seriously

Flow of study of Tom Miller who I recommend to you to try seriously€¦

Perhaps you are surprised because I propose to you to examine to you before putting to you to study. It is excellent tactics to detect your emptinesses of preparation and to have a realistic vision than you need to learn. Although you do not guess right any question, your brain will start up quickly and you will create €œhooks€ for €œhanging€ and assimilating the knowledge that you are going to read next in your notes.

Tips for your blocks of study:

  • You do not forget that to be seated studying it can produce drowsiness to you. It walks by your fourth and it uses caffein with intelligence to avoid those bassoons of efficiency. You can read envelope it in this entrance.
  • If it costs to you to concentrate to you, you use Pomodoros and rest doing something that likes or that you need. You can listen to your favorite song all volume while you dance and you jump. You can make strechings if it hurts the back to you. You can be motivated thinking about the last aim of your efforts (you will be a great surgeon? you will become the dermatologist of your dreams? All-terrain Internist) or to plan your take a holiday-aim-of-examinations.



Almudena Trinidad

I am otorrinolaring³loga doctor in a hospital of Madrid and Professor Asociada de Medicina in the UAM. I help Medicine students to develop more effective techniques of study to obtain better notes, to remember during more time and to feel like more happy insurances and with its studies.

8 Commentaries
  • Marina
    Published to 07:59 h, 14 December To respond

    How good entrance, Almudena!
    A little for the examinations of this week pillages to me behind schedule, but without a doubt I will apply this schedule for the examination that I have in January 🙂
    A kiss and thousand thanks!

    • Almudena Trinidad
      Published to 13:22 h, 14 December To respond

      Thanks to you!
      It never is behind schedule for organizing itself€¦ 😉

  • Mar­a ngeles
    Published to 17:01 h, 17 December To respond

    Thousand thanks!
    I believe that this is of the few things that I take thus doing for a few years and the truth is that it works. it even works to me when I fail to fulfill the schedule, because it makes me feel a species of extra pressure, it is as €œI go bad€, although knows that I have left few days free ones in the end.
    Thanks for the blog.
    A greeting!

    • Almudena Trinidad
      Published to 17:45 h, 17 December To respond

      That extra pressure is the one that guides to you and prevents that the time lies down to you above. Better to control than to be surprises two before the examination.

  • Jessica Sofia
    Published to 22:11 h, 28 May To respond

    Hello, gustaria to know to me as to improve my method of study if I spend time not yet to him but it goes to me well. In the partisans, thanks.

    • Almudena Trinidad
      Published to 10:50 h, 07 July To respond

      Hello, Jessica, can vary according to the type of matters that you have and the volume that you need to prepare for each examination. But a thing is clear, and is that to prepare an examination by means of reading and reading several times the matter it is not good technique (unless the volume of matter is small). He is much more efficient to read 1-2 times and later to practice to answer questions exceeds what you have read, and to review in the next days the concepts most difficult to assure to you that you remember them facing the examination. This can be done with flashcards, on which I wrote in this entrance of the blog

      I hope that this helps you, and if you need to know more, you already know where I am:)) A greeting!

  • Anderson
    Published to 23:21 h, 07 August To respond

    hello! I have a small doubt€¦.organizing my class schedule I pay attention that for example if today in class of mathematical we saw a subject and it study and tomorrow we return to take another subject and I return it to study€¦.and so on€¦ as podria I to remain fresh in all the previous subjects without losing time some that lends it to study the previous subjects? thanks

    • Almudena Trinidad
      Published to 17:18 h, 11 August To respond

      Hello! Because it looks, the only form to maintain fresh different subjects is to review them from time to time. If one is mathematics, chemistry, physics, you can select problem-type of each lesson and choose 1 day to the week to seat to you to solve them. It will be to you difficult if they have spent a few days, but indeed that difficulty to recall will be in a more solid memorization of the concepts, and in an suitable general understanding more of all the subjects.

      For matters with much Literature, the same is due to do, but reviewing concepts it nails periodically of each subject. Flashcards is a tool very adapted to make that spaced review.

      I hope that these advice help you!

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