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    We are half a term into new courses and I am studying maths for the first time in many years. I would say I'm ranked middle of the class. However I can see others are racing ahead, they are spending literally every spare second studying, which is making me wonder if I should be doing the same. A lot are those who who sat life skills 2 last year or failed the exam last June.

    However, I am also frightened that if the intense study is happening now, and I follow it, it's going to cause burn out too early in the course and then scupper my chances later on.

    What do you think is the correct level of study/revision at this stage of the year course?

    I am preparing my cheat sheets, mind maps, doing homework etc., but I am not living and breathing it like I would after Christmas. I'm really pacing myself, so at the moment I am settling into a routine, which will increase steadily until January when I'll really wack up the time spent.

    I'd love your opinion on this.

    PS they are even doing online quizzes during the half term, on top of the homework set - I mean when do they give themselves a break.

    Do all homework and 20/30 minutes a day on top of it
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    Don't worry too much about what other people are doing, and focus on yourself. You certainly don't want to overdo it and burn out, but at the same time it is fatal to leave it all until the last minute. Balance is key. I really believe that a little and often is a great way to study. Make a timetable and try to stick to it. Set yourself a maths session every day, but not for too long. A little and often. After all you have other subjects you need to cover. Perhaps 30 minutes every day? Try some past paper questions, revise topics, that sort of thing. 30 minutes isn't too long and it won't demoralise you and cause burnout. I think this little and often approach is better than doing nothing for a few days then trying to do a mammoth three hours maths session because the brain just shuts down after about an hour and a half. At least that's my experience from teaching. Good luck!
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