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.
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.
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.
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?