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    Ok basically I have been very lazy since the beginning of sixth-form, I am in year 13 now but in year 12 I never revised for anything!
    I did all my work and essays, but I never actually revised and I ended up getting BBD in my AS-Level exams.

    But over the past couple of days I have been getting offers from universities wanting BBB-BBC and I know I have got to start working my butt off now, this is a proper kick up the back side that I really needed!

    So I am aiming to try and salvedge what I can from the disaster of last year and get AAB for my A-Levels, that is my goal, and I always achieve my goals.

    But first I need to work out how to arrange my revision time table.

    Basically I have 3 exams in January...

    12th - Philosophy&Ethics foundations resit, last year I got a high C in, this year I am aiming for an A/A*.
    21st - Sociology, aiming for an A/A*.
    28th - Psycology, aiming for a B.

    So first I was thinking I should focus on the first exam completely for now, then when I have done that, focus completely on the second and when I have done that, then focus completely on the third.
    So I do not go into like information overload when my brain just shuts down from too much different information, but I am worried that 7 days is not enough for my psycology revision.

    What do you think? Should I overlap it a bit more?

    How could I do this without starting to feel completely overwhelmed and potentially messing them all up.

    Plus any revision tips will be really appreciated. Thanks.

    I'd overlap a bit more - and be realistic by how much you are actually going to be able to do each day without wanting to hit your head against a wall by the end of it - that was always my problem. I'd also assign the day before soley to the exam the day after to do past papers and get into the mood for the exam.

    Spend more time on the upcoming exam and then add in topics you find difficult/ can't remember at all (text book useful for topics) from the others earlier on as this will give you more time for it to sink in. I took 3 exams last Jan (2 resits) and this worked for me, but you may be different.

    To not feel overwhelmed the best idea is to make sure you have a list of everything you need to revise down on paper with times - remembering that the stuff you know you just need to remember to glance at a day or two before the actual exam. Then do 1 thing in the morning and another in the afternoon - I found about 3 hours each did me fine, but thats a very individual thing. I also found variety helped me not get overwhelmed as I never spent too long on one subject and make sure you do it somewhere you won't get distracted - I used the kitchen table and basically forced my family to eat on the sofa!

    As for revision techniques, I like to do que cards, posters with diagrams if possible, plan essays (even if the question doesn't come up I still have ideas about the topic) and when I'm running out of time and cramming (my specialty), I sit down, go to the subject I know least and jus write notes on it. With the retake I'd also look at what questions you got in your last exam as these are less likely to come up in this one.

    Hope this helps and good luck - I also mucked my AS's up a bit and had to sort it all out at A2. It is managable
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