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How to Create an Effective Revision Timetable

It’s nearly the Easter break and it’s your time to enjoy yourself after a busy term but there are also exams on the horizon, so it’s a good idea to start thinking about revising over the holidays. The best way to enjoy your time off and still be productive is by creating a revision timetable. Setting time to study and then time off to enjoy yourself is how you can get the best of both worlds. You won’t be able to enjoy yourself if you’re constantly worrying about revision and likewise, if you’re out and about all the time, you won’t be able to enjoy yourself as you’ll be worrying that you haven’t revised.

Make It Manageable

Breaking down your revision into bitesize chunks also makes revising less scary and more manageable. You don’t need to make the timetable too rigid but just have an idea of how much time you’ll need for each individual module topic.

Think about the number of days left before exams and then the number of modules you need to prepare for so you know how long you have to prepare for all of these. Think about any commitments you have with friends and family, and section this time off in your week.

Break down your day into sections, so for instance when you’re free whether it’s an evening or morning, perhaps revise one module in the morning and then have a break in the afternoon. Or if you have a whole day free, you may revise for all three modules on one day but just revise for two hours on each module with plenty of breaks during each. You don’t need to be too rigid with your exam timetable, just as long as you feel you’ve covered all areas.

Study Planner

Check out this study planner from The Student Room to help get you started.

Think About Your Learning Style

Think about what type of learner you are – visual, auditory, kinesthetic or read/write. Once you establish this then you’ll know whether to create a mind map, chart or graphic and stick it around your room. Perhaps you’re better making revision cards with keywords on to help you remember or read your notes out loud.

Past Papers

Make time for past papers at the end of the revision sessions to see how well you feel you could confidently answer a question and use past papers as a guideline of what topics you need to cover.

Look After Yourself

Above all, over exam season look after yourself. Try to get plenty of rest, eat well and exercise to get the feelgood hormones going and keep the stress at bay. There’s no need to be cooped up in your bedroom while you’re trying to revise. Doing some revision out in the garden, or in the park with friends is also a great way to see how well your revision has gone in by bouncing ideas and thoughts off each other.

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