Treat your exams like your dishwasher!

I was on LinkedIn recently and came across a post that compared tendering to correctly stacking a dishwasher (shout-out to Chantal if you happen to read this) and this made me think the same analogy could be applied to exams.  As exam weeks are looming, here is my attempt to apply this analogy!

1. Organising the Material is Like Sorting Dirty Dishes

When you start revising for an exam, you’re often faced with a mountain of material to cover. Just like when you open the dishwasher after a big family dinner, it’s crucial to organise the items properly. In the case of revision, this means breaking down your study materials into manageable portions. Categorise topics and notes into the learning outcomes to create a structured plan of attack, much like sorting your dirty dishes into neat piles for efficient washing.

2. Prioritisation Is Key

Much like deciding which dishes to wash first to ensure you have what you need for dinner, prioritisation is essential in revision. Identify the topics that you struggle with the most.  Start with the most challenging areas to ensure you tackle them when your mind is at its freshest.

3. Time Management and Scheduling

When you stack a dishwasher, you need to fit everything into limited space and time. Similarly, when revising, you have a finite amount of time before the exam. Efficient time management is the key to success. Create a study schedule that allows you to allocate time to each subject and topic. Setting realistic deadlines will ensure you don’t overload yourself or leave anything out.

4. Cleaning as You Go

Stacking a dishwasher becomes much easier if you rinse the dishes before loading them. In revision, “cleaning as you go” means regularly reviewing and reinforcing what you’ve learned. Don’t leave everything to the last minute; instead, periodically revisit previous topics to ensure they remain fresh in your memory.

5. Avoiding Overloading

Just as overloading a dishwasher can lead to inefficient cleaning, overloading your brain with too much information can hinder your revision efforts. Break your study sessions into manageable chunks and take regular breaks to recharge. Cramming everything into one day or night of study is rarely effective.

Revising for an exam and stacking a dishwasher may seem worlds apart, but both tasks require careful planning, organisation, and execution. So, remember, whether you’re cleaning your dishes or preparing for an exam, the right approach can make all the difference in the end. Happy revising!

If you need more help with the revision, how about some practice tests? Find them here.

Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June
Nov 2024
M1
3
7th Oct, 21st Oct, 4th November
Mar 2025
M2&M3
6
13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March
May 2025
M4
3
7th Apr, 14th Apr, 28th Apr
July 2025
M5
3
2nd June, 16th June, 30th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July
November 2024
M1
3
10th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
Mar 2025
M2 & M5
5
30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th Mar
May 2025
M4 & M7
4
3rd April, 10th April, 1st May, 8th May
July 2025
M3 & M8
5
5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 11th June, 26th June
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct, 30th Oct, 6th Nov
Mar 2025
M15, M5, M9
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M3 & M8
4
9th April, 16th April, 30th April, 7th June
July 2025
M4
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 3rd July
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
8th Oct, 15th Oct, 22nd Oct, 29th Oct, 5th Nov
March 2025
M3, M5, M7
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M4 & M6
4
8th April, 15th April, 29th April, 6th June
July 2025
M8
3
10th June, 24th June, 8th July