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 and 55% said that February was the best time to get started for summer exams. 

Well, February is here. Does it feel like you need to start studying when exams are so far away? Wouldn’t it make sense to wait until you’ve finished your course? Or at least until the Easter break? 

Maybe you don’t have to start doing eight hours of revision a day just yet, but we do have three reasons why you should start at least thinking about revising now. 

So you can get a head start

Going into classes with a focus on applying what you’re learning to the exam? Making sure you fully understand key concepts and ideas? Making notes that you can eventually turn into a revision resource? All of these can only help you when revision time comes around. 

If you're not sure about something, our study help forums have hundreds of students who are asking the exact same questions that you also want answering. Our discussion threads are a great way to prepare for your exams. You can speak to students around the country about the kind of questions that might be asked, learn new revision techniques and go through past papers together. 

The best time to start revision for your exams is usually around February, when you can go over everything at a manageable pace

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So you know what you have to do

If you make a study planner, you'll at least have an idea of the task ahead of you and can mentally prepare yourself for the studying you'll eventually have to do. It probably won't even be as daunting as you think it'll be.

The trick to successful revision is to make a good timetable. I clock in three hours every evening with each hour for one subject and on weekends six hours  (in two-hour slots – don't want too much stress).


I’m doing my A-levels this year aiming for A*/As and I’m just doing small amount of work everyday and will be increasing it with time as it gets closer to exams.

I wouldn’t wait until a set time to revise eg March because then you’ll just be too stressed out, whereas if you do some work consistently then it won’t build up and you won’t have as much work to do later on.


So you don't panic at the end

You don’t want to be a week away from the exam and be told that the exam actually has four questions and not three, sending you into a tailspin when you don't have much time left. Familiarise yourself with past papers and avoid any last-minute surprises. 

Remember there are 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. 

I'm in year 12 now and I started proper revision only about two weeks before the actual GCSE exams… I was VERY VERY VERY STRESSED. I could've avoided the stress and quite possibly got higher marks if I'd started around February time.


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.


If you're feeling inspired to start thinking about revision, here are some tips to help get you prepared

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

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