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When Should I Start Preparing For Exams?

If you want to score well in your final year 12 exams, ideally you should have already started your exam preparation. The highest achieving students have already begun their revision and are gaining a competitive edge by reviewing the year’s content early. As your final exam mark is affected by the performance of other students, their success will ultimately bring your score down if you’re not adequately prepared. 

So how do you catch up and rank on top at the end of year exams? Start now, set small manageable revision goals each week and make sure that you don’t fall behind even though are still summative assessments occurring right now.

Starting in term 3 holidays is cutting it short and will mean that you are very much under the pump to get it done on time and you won’t have the luxury of time to figure out your particular weaknesses with each of your subjects and fix them in time as well.

How long left do you have?

Let’s do some maths. The average high-achieving student spends 40.1 hours per week studying for tests and completing assignments.

With less than 50 days before exams begin, only 1200 hours remain. There’s 168 hours in each week. Let’s see what happens to your time to study for exams per week before SWOT VAC (which is way too close to exams).

  • 40 hours for school and travel – 131 left
  • 56 hours to sleep – 75 left
  • 10 hours of extracurricular activities and tutoring – 65 left
  • 10 hours eating and cleaning – 55 left
  • 10 hours that go to family and friends – 42 left
  • 40.1 hours to studying – 1.9 left for exam study

How are you meant to fit in, for example, studying for 4 exams, each of which test you on the content covered throughout the entire year?

You need to revise approximately 1290 hours of learnt (215 days) content from school. That is less time than what you have left if you study without sleep until the exams.

That’s why you should start now.

Divide your exam revision into small achievable portions and revise consistently, ramping up the time you allocate towards exam preparation the closer you get. The most important thing is to start now, even if it’s small.


John and I (Archer) are running year 12 exam revision courses in term 3 holidays to make sure that you don’t need to waste time trying to figure out what is the most important concepts to learn and understand for the exam but also how should you be going about your exam revision in chemistry, biology, physics, methods and specialist mathematics. 

As high achievers ourselves, we know exactly what is required to score well in the final exam and we pride ourselves for standing out amongst our competitors for guiding our students not only teaching the content to high quality but teaching the exact exam strategy process required to secure the marks you deserve.

We are here to help, if you have any questions about exam preparation or studying, please email us here at support@aimacademics.com.au

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