Making a Revision Timetable

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With the Easter holidays almost upon us, it won’t be long until our GCSE students begin to take their exams. Now more than ever, revision is vital. Lots of students find the hardest part of revision is the initial stage: sitting down and opening their books. The task can feel so daunting that many teens put it off for as long as possible, and for the vast majority this technique does not lead to the best possible results!

One method of organising revision into more manageable chunks is to create a revision timetable. These work by breaking the subjects down into topics and allocating them to specific times during the days and weeks leading up to your exams. After that it’s just a matter of getting into the habit of sitting down and getting on with it! Most students find that having a timetable helps them to keep focussed, and means they aren’t squeezing in five years of study into the week before the exam.

Regular breaks are necessary to stay as productive as possible (as long as you stick to them), so don’t forget to factor these in. You might find it easier to stay with some subjects for longer and need to stop more often with others, so work out what’s best for you and incorporate them into your timetable.

Different subjects might require different revision techniques, like flashcards, spider diagrams, mnemonics or rhymes. Doing past papers is an excellent way to find out what you know and what you need to focus on, so try to fit in at least a couple of these for each subject and take them under test conditions.

Finally, it’s important to fit in time to revisit topics studied earlier, to make sure that you haven’t forgotten the material you studied in the first days of your revision. Again, taking past papers is one of the best ways to see which areas you’re confident with, and which ones you still need to work on.

There are lots of sample revision timetables online, so have a look around and see if you can find one that suits your needs, or that you can use as a starting point.

If you want to get a head start on your revision, we can help. Contact The Tutorial Centre on 01293 972025.

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