PTE Course Tips: How to Avoid Study Burnouts
Are you starting to feel the demands of your intensive PTE course?
The pressure to remember your lectures, perform well in practice exams, and absorb all your instructor’s feedback. The struggle to balance your personal commitments, work/college life, and test preparations. Add to that the overwhelming strain you’ll feel increasing as your PTE test date approaches, and you’re well on your way to experiencing a classic crippling burnout.
No one is immune to burnouts. Even the most dedicated PTE student can experience it. Make sure you don’t crack under pressure. Integrate the following tips into your test preparations to minimize the possibility of experiencing one.
1. Chunk big tasks. If your PTE course syllabus has over 50 pages, don’t attempt to read everything in one go. Otherwise, you won’t be able to absorb and retain much of what you’ve read. Tackle only a reasonable number of pages—perhaps 5–10 pages—every study session. Apply the same practice to other huge tasks
2. Stay organized. Have a place for everything and keep everything in its place. Keep all your PTE training materials in a single folder or envelope. Consider using a note-taking system (e.g., Outlining Method, Cornell Method, etc.) when jotting down notes. Keep your study space neat and organized as well. Remember, cluttered spaces foster cluttered minds.
3. Monitor your PTE review progress. Create a checklist of everything that you need to learn and do before your test date. Map these tasks out on a calendar. Every time you feel like you’re falling behind your PTE training, consult your calendar. It’ll give you a clear idea of whether you should start doubling your review efforts or maintain your current pace.
4. Maximize your PTE course. Don’t just sit at the back of the room and listen passively to the lecture. Be an active member of the class. Participate in the discussions, raise questions, and pick your instructor’s brain. Ask for pointers on how to handle the test’s demands.
5. Take care of your health. Many PTE test takers skip meals and settle for power naps just to get more time for review. Don’t be one of them. You’ll only do your mind and body more harm than good if you follow their example. Take care of yourself. Get sufficient sleep, eat healthy meals, and punctuate your PTE training with frequent study breaks. Give your mind and body the opportunity to recover from your intensive test preparations.
Don’t let study burnouts delay your PTE training. Remember, you only have a limited amount of time to prepare for the high-stakes exam. Reduce the chances of experiencing this setback by following the tips above.
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