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Alexmazy
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I currently am studying 1 hour a day for the 5 highers I am taking, is this too much? I plan to do like 2 hours on the weekends. I need 5 As this year... I'm not gonna burn myself out am I?
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dude, i hope this is a joke haha, I got 4 A's at higher last year. I would recommend studying for 2 hours on school days and 4 hours over the weekend until prelim time, and then as soon as it hits February/march id go up to like 4 hours a day on top of what u do at school. but in reasonable chunks so you don't get bored
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dude, i hope this is a joke haha, I got 4 A's at higher last year. I would recommend studying for 2 hours on school days and 4 hours over the weekend until prelim time, and then as soon as it hits February/march id go up to like 4 hours a day on top of what u do at school. but in reasonable chunks so you don't get bored
How much did you study
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How much did you study
admittedly this early in the year I didn't study much, but from October onwards I did about 1.5-2 hours every evening plus an extra hour or 2 per weekend day and then during exam and prelim season we had study leave so I would study from 8-12 then 1.30-4 and then 6-9 (with a few breaks ofcourse).
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admittedly this early in the year I didn't study much, but from October onwards I did about 1.5-2 hours every evening plus an extra hour or 2 per weekend day and then during exam and prelim season we had study leave so I would study from 8-12 then 1.30-4 and then 6-9 (with a few breaks ofcourse).
if we didnt have study leave id just do 3 hrs after school
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Do an extra hour or two after school (I liked to do it without going home so I can think of it as 1 more period on the timetable).
Nothing on the weekends.

When the exams get close is when you want to be getting stuck in with multiple hours a day tbh, in my opinion of course
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Everyone is different, some study to varying degrees throughout their course others only cram at the end, you need to do what works best for you.

I got 5As at Higher this year. The way I worked, as our school gives out very little homework, was to do regularly do 2-3 x 30-45min independent study sessions nights/weekends from early on in the course. How many I did was dependent on what else I had going on, but I didn't worry if I missed a couple of days here and there. I increased substantially as I got closer to January prelims, decreased but didn't stop when they were cancelled and continued studying through Jan-easter while it was unclear when we would be going back into school for interim assessments. This meant when the assessments finally happened it wasn't as stressful or pressured as I thought it would be.

What is probably more important at this early stage is to work out "how" you will study each subject and what resources you will be using. What study techniques are best for each different subject and how will you check you are able to recall the information you need.

If you have subjects that have folios (such as English), don't rush them as the marks are important but try to get them out the way as soon as possible before you need to start thinking about pulling set text notes and critical essay plans together. Subjects like maths make sure you understand the concepts as they are taught so you don't fall behind then practise mixed questions every week to keep them fresh in your head.

You won't burn out if you get into good study habits, short sessions with breaks in-between and balance studying with good sleep habits/eating well/exercising often/work/socialising. Make studying fit around your life and take days and weekends off when you want to. Doing little and often for both my NAT5 prelims and HIGHER assessments early on I found much less stressful and made the subjects more enjoyable than the last minute cramming I did for the exams our school had in S3.
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Personally I’d set yourself a minimum baseline of 2 and a half hours homework and revision on a school night and 3 hours per day at weekends.

When it comes to the few weeks before exams (ie Easter holidays/study leave) you want to be studying as much as you can. I’d aim for 9 hours a day and then 3-4 hours on school nights.

Ime those who get 5 As are hugely disciplined and willing to make sacrifices.
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