Why build a revision timetable?
Revision should not be avoided or left to the last minute, your examinations are too important. By not planning you can run out of time and miss vital information.
A revision timetable helps you avoid all of this. Planning ahead and creating a revision timetable will help you be more productive, keep you motivated and will boost your confidence during the examination.
What makes a good revision plan?
A good revision plan should be:
Everyone has good intentions, but it is essential you set a timetable that you can stick to.
A good revision plan will ensure revision is broken into chunks, specifies times for studying and should always detail a subject or area of revision.
Some subject areas that are more difficult and in depth and may take you longer than others or you planned. Adjust your plan accordingly and give yourself enough time, too much time is better than not enough.
Schedule revision around your life, including: hobbies, studies and work.
- Break your revision into manageable chunks.
How to create your revision Timetable
- Ensure you have all the information you need; this includes your exam dates, lesson timetable, shifts at work and social events.
- Block out the times you cannot study, you should be realistic.
- Plot your revision sessions and decide how much time you are going to spend on each subject area and importantly, remember to schedule in breaks.
- Create the timetable as a weekly period this will allow you to clearly see what revision you have scheduled this week.
- Have a free space, if you have missed some revision you are able to ensure that you are able to fit it in if necessary. This will also allow you to do extra revision should you wish to.
- Use colours to help you visualise your plan, different colours for different subject areas.
- Make sure it is printable so that you can stick it on your wall where you can see it on a daily basis and see what you are studying and when.
- Take a break after every hour of revision. Even if it’s just 10 a minute break as it is important to give your mind a rest.
Use your revision timetable to stay motivated
Sticking to a revision plan is hard but planning ahead as you have done will encourage you to stay with it. Try sharing your plan with friends and family so they can keep you on track.
Ticking off subjects or sections when you have covered them will give you a sense of achievement.
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