Study plan

Welcome to a basic plan to help you create a personal pre-exam study timetable! This plan can be applied to any pre-exam study but we at emma concentrate on helping with exams and private study for writing, editing and some teaching.

Contact us for help in building your study timetable. Some resources are available at no charge. Moderate fees apply to recommended group workshops and private mentoring or tutoring. 

What to do (general):

  • Start or join a study group – studying in isolation is not often as beneficial as studying with like-minded group members. Commit to attendance at regular group sessions, either in person or by Skype, FaceTime or other video- or tele-conferencing.
  • Find out what the exam covers and where the gaps are in your knowledge or practical skills and experience.
  • Sort out your life so that you have a balance of work, study and recreation.
  • Set a regular period for study and skills practice – frequency will depend on the size of the task and the timeframe – however small, a regular amount of time is likely to work better than a heavy load close to the exam.
  • Have at least the minimum recommended practical experience – OR take steps to remedy any lack of recent experience if practical skills are required.
  • Get all of the recommended study materials: exam regulations, books, articles, any necessary tools.
  • Work through practice exams methodically where available, building up to timed practice to get used to exam pressure (particularly important if you haven’t done an exam recently).
  • Keep well, eat properly, get exercise, get plenty of sleep.


Help with particular needs:

Contact us so that an emma team member can help you develop any aspect of this plan. Things that can be included are:

  • Workshops relevant to your exam preparation:

In writing and editing (and some teaching), for example –

  • Grammar in a nutshell plus an optional add-on of an in-depth review of some aspects of English grammar such as complex verb structures, prepositional idiom, detailed punctuation, parallel structure in bullet lists (ask us for a workshop outline)
  • Copy-editing plus preparation of a style sheet, use of Track Changes to mark up text and provide comments to authors and so on (ask us for a workshop outline).
  • Choosing what to take into an open-book exam:
    • Books – standard references (know whether to read, skim or skip and what to flag)
    • Selected extra information in bound booklet form (needs careful selection and brevity)
    • Tools such as calculator, stationery items.
  • Personal preparation:
    • Everyone is different and has different ways of learning. You may have difficulties that others don’t have – we can help you work through them – a private mentorship or tutoring can be arranged for the duration of your study time until the exam if required. Contact us and ask for study plan and timetable help.
  • Preparing a personal detailed study timetable:
    • My study timetable’.


Please contact us if you are interested in making an early start on preparation for your next exam or other specific study. And please tell us how we can improve this plan for you. We can help you develop an actual timetable to suit just you or your whole study group.