How to prepare for revision

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It's half term! The perfect time to put your feet up and enjoy your week off school or college

What's the point in revision? Exams are so far away!

Well, perhaps. May is only a few months away, and it's time to start thinking about starting if you're not quite ready to start yet. 

We've got a couple of tips for you from our amazing Grow your Grades users, on what they're doing to begin the long, winding road to ending up with great grades on results day 2020. 

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Make a loose plan

Don't bother filling all your time with mounds of studying  this is still a break! However it is a good idea to set yourself a reasonable goal for the week, as this makes it easier to think about what you need to do and how to start going about it. 

And when you're ready to make a more in-depth plan, this article should help get you started

NotNotBatman says: "I won't be making a strict plan, as I find them useless; what if I decide to dedicate a certain number of hours to one topic, but it actually ends up taking much longer? This has happened in the past and it has completely ruined the plan, so instead I'm creating a checklist for the entire week."

And Nisha.sri says: "This half term I want to write down a list of the subjects which I need to make notes on."

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Get your notes up to date

You can't start studying if you're missing half your notes! Find those screwed-up bits of paper, notes scribbled on napkins and entries in your phone and put them all in order. This will also help you to see if you're missing any important bits from the course. 

Obiejess says that she is "making sure all my notes are in order, and starting to prepare revision materials for the future – I know exam season me will be grateful for it!"

Here's a bit of advice on how to make great notes for revision

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Finish any leftover work

Coursework, homework, EPQ – all things that you need to finish soon, and when better to work on it than when you have a week to spare? 

EstelOfTheEyrie says: "I'm hoping to get my final drafts of both English literature and history courseworks complete the day they're both due. And if I'm able, then to get as much writing done for my Extended Project."

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Rest and relax

It is a break, and even though this list may make you think otherwise, there is no need to panic about studying just yet! 

mollyjoy1998 says: "I want to see my high school friends and have a few nights out."

And misstiah_h agrees: "I'm going to relax!!! Seeing as it's half term there's no point overworking yourself, only to arrive back at school with your head in the wrong place. Finding the balance between work and free time is key."

And finally, DON'T do nothing

If you follow this article, you should be able to avoid this big no-no.

As UWS puts it: "Saying I'm going to do work and not do it. Then complain that I'm not doing work..."

If you'd like a bit more half term revision inspiration, our revision hub is packed with loads of useful advice and tips. 

What are your plans for this half term? Are you busy studying or chilling out?

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