All those subjects, all those exams… the days ticking by… struggling with motivation.
Where do I begin? How do I start? Yes, it’s a tough time.
Strangely enough, making a decent revision plan or timetable can actually help reduce the stress.
You begin to feel organised and see the task ahead of you much more clearly.
Suddenly it all appears a bit more manageable.
Right, let’s crack on with our 25 tips, neatly organised into groups of 5 to make it even easier.
Five reasons for making a revision timetable
1. You get a better idea of how much time you have before the exams
2. It makes you feel better as you have a clear idea of the task ahead
3. You’re less likely to run out of revision time
4. It helps you build revision around the rest of your life
5. A simple plan doesn’t take very long to create
Five stages of making a revision timetable
1. Make a list of all your exams
2. Prioritise them – how much revision do you want to do for each
3. Break each exam up into a series of topics to learn/practise
4. Decide how much time you want to devote to revision each week
5. Allocate topics into those weeks (allocating more time to tough topics and leaving some spare time at the end for going through topics again)
Five ways to take your revision timetable to the next level
1. Add all the revision sessions to your phone calendar – set notifications
2. Make a timetable for each week and block out all the times you can’t or don’t want to revise
3. Make the revision plan really colourful and display it in your bedroom
4. Build in time to revisit topics
5. Plan how you’re going to revise each topic
Five things to avoid when making a revision timetable
1. Making it so elaborate that it takes you longer than the actual revision
2. Setting yourself so much work it ends up totally unrealistic
3. Making the plan as a distraction from actually revising
4. Having no intention of ever paying any attention to it once it’s made
5. Thinking it’s perfect and will never need to change
Five ways of sticking to a revision timetable
1. Check it every day
2. Remember it’s flexible – change it when needed
3. Share it with friends and family
4. Reward yourself after each revision session
5. Tick off topics when they’re done
OK, have we convinced you? Good, now you need to get cracking if you don’t have one already.
TSR has its own revision planner
10 facts about the TSR study planner
- Automatically adds as many one hour revision sessions for each exam as you request
- Builds revision up as the exams get closer
- Only timetables revision between the hours you want to study
- Builds revision around your classes, holidays, study leave and social activities
- Adds breaks where it can
- Can easily be adapted as things change
- Enables you to plan each revision session
- Notifies you about revision sessions if you wish
- Can be made as colourful as you like
- Prints off as pdf files
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