Why now is the best time to start revising

This time last year TSR asked the community when they were going to start their revision, 55% said that February was the best time to get started for summer exams.

February is just around the corner and although this might seem scarily early for some lots of you are already posting in the revision and study tips forum wanting revision advice. Topics range from: how much revision they should be doing, to what kind of revision strategies are the best and how to get motivated.

Starting off earlier means you'll have lots more time to find out what revision style suits you, where your weaknesses are and you'll feel far more chilled about exams as you won't need to panic revise a few days beforehand. There's no need to start revising for several hours every day from the 1st February- but there are some preliminary things you can be getting on with, like making a study plan, or just going over some notes.

It’s time to crack on everyone, here are the three cool ways The Student Room can help you revise.


Get over to the study help forums and check out our study resources

Our study help forums have 100s of students who are asking the exact samequestions that you also want answering. Our discussion threads are a great way to prepare for your exams, speaking to students around the country about the kind of questions that might be asked, learning new revision techniques and completing past papers together.

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TSR also has all the revision resources you need to reach revision success! Boost your creativity and make your own mind maps, flashcards, quizzes and more here. Or, you can improve your understanding of tricky topics and learn from other people’s resources.

study planner link

Make a study planner

Our online study planner is a smart and easy way to organise your life between now and exams. Tell us what you’re studying, the exam board and your priorities and we’ll start planning your time for you. We think that’s pretty nifty! It’s really easy to adapt your study planner, week by week you can update your planner and adapt it to support your study needs and revision.

FloralEssence shares her revision secret weapon “I try to revise every day, that way you are always consolidating your knowledge meaning that when the exams come up, you are not too stressed”.

It’s not all study though, you can also use our study planner to add in all the treats you have planned to reward yourself for all the hard work you've been putting in.

past papers

Check out our past paper bank

Search for past papers, complete the questions with your notes and resources and use these to create new revision tools. Even if you haven’t completed the syllabus yet for a subject, you can still read through the papers over the last few years to get an idea of the kinds of questions that have been asked. Bruno26 explains that “even though the syllabus isn't finished yet, it just makes revision easier and less stressful when it comes nearer to exam time. If for example, you've revised Biology Unit 1 now and is currently doing Biology Unit 2 topics, in April... you'll be able to focus more on Unit 2 and just do Unit 1 re-caps”.

Remember there is only so many ways you can be assessed, so the chances are that very similar questions will be in your exam, or maybe even a combination of a couple of questions that have been asked in the past.

We have past papers for the majority of GCSE and A-level subjects for the boards AQA, Edexcel and OCR.

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Do you agree? Do you think you'll start revising in February?