It's nearly April, which means exams are basically only next month. Is it too late to start revision?

If you're like most students, you're probably starting to quietly panic about revision. Where do I start? How do I revise around school hours? How much revision is enough to get the grades I need?

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Some people started months ago...

Revision should begin pretty much as soon as a course begins.
Start revising the subjects you find the most difficult in September and then start revising all of the subjects in January. Intensive revision should start in March/April.
- jessyjellytot14
....but others wait until the night before.

I did it the night before, but I tried to cram it all in. It's not advisable - trust me!

In retrospect, if I actually tried and put in more effort maybe I would have got better grades, but they're decent enough to get into most universities.
- Calzs34
<h2>So what's the right date to start revision?</h2>While there's no definite answer to that question, round about now seems fairly typical.

I did 11 GCSEs last year and I was really happy with my grades, I started proper revision in Easter. What I would say is don't start so early that by the time it gets to the exam you've forgotten it or feel too overwhelmed, but also don't leave it so late that you can't learn it all.
- skye99
I started revising properly in March. I came out with 5A*, 4As and a B. It’s not about how much revision you do, it's about how effective your revision is - don't panic and don't overwork yourself.

<h2>What do you need to think about when starting?</h2>Here are a few hints, tips and reassurances:
<h3>You’ve probably been revising without realising it</h3>Your revision actually started as soon as the course began.
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Every time a teacher has set work, tested you, reviewed a topic, you've been revising. Every time you've done homework, learnt for a test or mock, you've been revising. It's difficult to see how you could have got to this point in any course without quite a lot of learning and, therefore, revision taking place.
<h3>You need an idea of the task ahead</h3>It goes without saying that the more exams you have the more revision you need to do. You may have three exams; you may have 30. And some subjects just have more content to learn, so will take more time.

Make a list of all your subjects and the main topics within those subjects. Then look at the time you have available before the exams. You’ll get a rough idea of how long you have to revise each topic.

Don’t forget to give yourself time before each exam to go through everything for a last time.

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<h3>How much revision can you do per day?</h3>Everybody's lives are different. You may have sports, hobbies and family commitments that you can't or don't want to stop for a couple of months. You may want a lot of lie-ins. That's OK - it's good to keep real life going, but remember that the more time you spend doing other things the less time you have to revise.

If you're at school or college there's the time after you get home; just remember your teachers may keep setting other work as they race to finish the course specification. And then there's the weekend - how much time of your precious Saturdays and Sundays are you prepared to sacrifice to the gods of revision?
<h3>Make every revision second count</h3>There's no point in spending loads of time on methods that aren't very effective. Research on learning suggests that highlighting and re-reading notes for example, don't work that well.

Focus on the methods that TSR users recommend time and time again. Make your own notes, flashcards or mind maps and test yourself regularly, doing lots of past papers and checking your answers using the mark scheme.

And don’t spend time procrastinating – either revise or go and do something fun. Don’t just sit there delaying and worrying.
<h3>So when should you start revising?</h3>If you haven’t started already, now seems like quite a good time, doesn't it?

Have you started revision already? What's your revision plan? Have your say in the comments below.