It is a very busy time for students. Most of you in Year 11 will be preparing for the GCSE exams in May and Year 7 to 10 students will be preparing of end-of-year exams. During my casual conversations with the students I teach, almost of them did not have a strategy or definite revision plan. This is not only risky but also unproductive. The only way you can achieve success in anything is to have a structured plan. In this post I would like to share some of the important aspects of planning your revision.
Plan your week
The first thing you need to do is to create a list of topics for each subject that you will be revising. Give priority to more difficult topics. Once you have a list of topics you can then decide how many hours and days you need to spend each week for each subject. This will give you an idea of how much time you have for revision before your exam.
Plan your day
You need to create a study schedule whereby you identify times in a day you will use for revision. It would be very effective if your revision time is at the same time each day. This is to make revision a routine so that your mind is prepared for it. You will also need to consider the best time for revision in each day of the week based on your personal circumstances and when you are mentally alert. A lot of students prefer studying in the morning and some prefer revising in the night. You will have to identify the best time for revision. It also defer in the weekends and school holidays.
Plan your revision session
The next thing you need to plan is the actual sessions. Each revision session can be between 45 to 90 minutes. You must have a break after each session before starting the next session or subject. Think about what you will actually do in the revision session. Here are some of the things that you can consider:
- Review the topic. You will need a revision guide or a text book or you can use an online resource like BBC Bitesize
- Make notes or create a mind-map as you go through the topic
- Create about 2 or 3 questions for each section.
- Once you have covered the whole topic or chapter, answer the questions you have created. You can also answer questions given at the back of each chapter or topic.
- Finally, test your self by answering an exam-type question or an online quiz on the topic
It is important to remember that you make revising a routine. You will be more prepared mentally this way. Keep to your plan and treat it as an important event in your day. Make it your priority!
Best of luck in your revision.