Four simple steps to start your A* journey


So, it’s January. Exams are still months away, and it’s difficult to get pumped for revision when there isn’t an impending feeling of stress and the terrifying prospect of failure to get you going. Still, you really should start thinking about it at the very least, so here are four top tips for starting to think about revision that aren’t all that taxing...

Write down your school holiday and study leave

Start to plan out your time throughout the next couple of months so that when you do start revising, you can easily identify spots when you’ll have more and less time to study. You also get the added bonus of getting to daydream about all that free time you’ll have in those school holidays just before exams start…

Write down your exam dates

There’s nothing worse than thinking of your exams as vaguely in the future, before someone bursts that bubble at the end of April by telling you they are only two weeks away. To avoid this, make a plan of your exam timetable, ideally complete with notes about which subjects, texts or modules each exam is focusing on. At this stage you can colour code it if you want, which will help when you come to plan your revision. Then stick it on your wall so those pesky exams can’t sneak up on you.

If your school hasn’t given you a timetable yet, you can find the 2018 timetables on the exam websites. Here are AQA’s, Edexcel’s and OCR’s to get you started.

Get all your notes together

Collate you notes

The start of a new year is a great time to consolidate all your notes so you can review what you’ve learned and file them to make it easier for your future self when you start revising properly. Try and collect all those random bits of paper you got given in class, scrawled notes in all four of your notebooks, and illegible shorthand that you typed on your tablet into one file organised by date. Trust me, your future self will thank you for this.

Fill in any gaps

Once you’ve collected your hodge-podge of notes for each class, you can fill in anything you’re missing that you might need for your exam. Missed a week of classes in Autumn? Didn’t fully understand a theory? Notes don’t seem to make sense? Now would be the time to sort this out so that you have a full understanding of the curriculum before you go back for the Spring term.

See, not that difficult is it? A few easy tasks will set you up for great revision and, ultimately, great grades.


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