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I am really wanting to get A/A*'s and I'm kind of debating how much revision is too little and how much is too much? How much do you guys recommend spending on one subject a day and how many days a week do you revise?
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2 hours min if you feel like its effective
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I think it depends on the subject, different subjects need more/less time depending on how easy it is for you to understand it. On average, for a level, every hour you spend in class, you should spend another hour outside class, so 5 hours of (biology for example) in class each week, couple it with 5 hours of independent study for biology per week, my school says this gets you to a C so ideally it should be a couple hours more but that depends as I said on how easy it is for you to understand each subject

You also need to make sure you’re studying appropriately for each subject, that means practice Qs and past exams because to get As/A*s in most a levels, application is necessary as you can’t get high marks with knowledge alone

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2 hours min if you feel like its effective
Really? Everyday, or just everyday when I get study leave?
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I am really wanting to get A/A*'s and I'm kind of debating how much revision is too little and how much is too much? How much do you guys recommend spending on one subject a day and how many days a week do you revise?
My teachers used to say for every hour you spend in the lesson, you should be doing an hour outside of it. E.G. I had 5 hours worth of lessons for Chemistry per week. Therefore, I did at least 5 hours of Chemistry revision at home per week.
This doesn’t include HW, by the way.
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Really? Everyday, or just everyday when I get study leave?
I'm not trying to be mean but if you don't want to do two hours a day then I don't think its very likely your going to get A/A* unless your a genius that doesn't need to do any revision
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I am really wanting to get A/A*'s and I'm kind of debating how much revision is too little and how much is too much? How much do you guys recommend spending on one subject a day and how many days a week do you revise?
Hi noodlestopshop_

In theory, you should revise for about two hours every day in the month leading up to your exam. That should allow you enough time to perfect your exam technique in time to ace those exams. Revision every day keeps your brain constantly in that revision headspace. However, try not to burn yourself out by doing too much - take breaks on a weekend, allowing for rest and recuperation. Revision timetables are also a perfect way to sort out your revision so that you don't revise for too long (or not long enough). Have you heard of the POMDORO technique? Traditionally, you work for 25 minute periods with a 5 minute break in-between. This way of working maximises your efficiency and productivity, leading to more effective revision

All the best,

~ Leanne, 2nd year Midwifery Student
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I am really wanting to get A/A*'s and I'm kind of debating how much revision is too little and how much is too much? How much do you guys recommend spending on one subject a day and how many days a week do you revise?
Hi

There is no one rule for how much revision you should do as people have different learning styles, attention spans and ways of retaining information.

Try not to put so much emphasis on the amount of time you spend studying but rather how effective that study is for you. There's no point in spending hours and hours on a revision style that doesn't help you retain information. I would also advise that you vary your revision and use a lot of resources such as mock tests, flashcards and group revision and make it as fun and engaging as possible to avoid burnout.

I hope this helps.

Laura :rave:
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I'm not trying to be mean but if you don't want to do two hours a day then I don't think its very likely your going to get A/A* unless your a genius that doesn't need to do any revision
I don't sit my exams for another 8 months, so I haven't really done any official full specification revision. I only have two exams later this year, and one only really requires skill, the other memory. I can remember most content from my one subject, but either way, I think I would cope with 2 hours per, I was just shocked.
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I don't sit my exams for another 8 months, so I haven't really done any official full specification revision. I only have two exams later this year, and one only really requires skill, the other memory. I can remember most content from my one subject, but either way, I think I would cope with 2 hours per, I was just shocked.
Oh I thought you were doing them in June, I meant in the couple of months before exams
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I am really wanting to get A/A*'s and I'm kind of debating how much revision is too little and how much is too much? How much do you guys recommend spending on one subject a day and how many days a week do you revise?
Depends. Is this a level or GCSE? For GCSEs I only started revising half way through year 11 and did 2 hours a night and then 4 a day the weekend (this increased just before exams)

For a levels it would depend as I often had frees/private study. I would aim for 2-3 a days. if I didn’t have anything to do in private study I would revise so I did less after school
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How long is a piece of a string? Every student is different, I don't think there is a set number of hours that guarantees you a success rate. Instead of certain hours, I revise in topics/chapters and however long it takes me to finish what I need to accomplish is how long I revise for.

For example, one sociology topic.. let's say 'socialisation' might take me two hours to revise. Whereas, revising themes in an English book I'm doing may only take me 40 minutes. It is good to revise a little bit every day so it stays fresh in your memory and you don't have to panic cram nearing tests and exams. Study in accordance to what you need to finish.
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Oh I thought you were doing them in June, I meant in the couple of months before exams
Sorry, forgot to specify Yeah I think over summer I'll do maybe a 1hr and 30min, and then coming up to the official exam I'll up it to two hours.
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Really? Everyday, or just everyday when I get study leave?
mostly depends on ur ability
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Hi, I think the whole perception of studying X amount of hours depending on how many scheduled schools hours you have for that subject is definitely misconstrued. Effective studying for 30 mins is a lot more effective than a passive 2 hour revision session. Right now you should focus on getting any relevant revision notes/ materials made. One hour a night of going over any work or topics will add up a lot in exam season!!!Don’t panic, take rest days and you’ll succeed!!
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All the people at my school in Year 13 who are getting A*s and As said they started doing roughly 2 hours of revision midway through Year 12 onwards when they would get home (they all took 3 subjects btw). In Year 13 this number obviously goes up but essentially what you need to be doing is revising whatever you did in school that day, along with exam practice. With exam practice I would say in the beginning if you really need your notes while doing the questions, then use them. But as you become more confident with your knowledge, you won't need your notes and will be acing those questions anyways!

Hope this helps!
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I think it depends on the subject, different subjects need more/less time depending on how easy it is for you to understand it. On average, for a level, every hour you spend in class, you should spend another hour outside class, so 5 hours of (biology for example) in class each week, couple it with 5 hours of independent study for biology per week, my school says this gets you to a C so ideally it should be a couple hours more but that depends as I said on how easy it is for you to understand each subject

You also need to make sure you’re studying appropriately for each subject, that means practice Qs and past exams because to get As/A*s in most a levels, application is necessary as you can’t get high marks with knowledge alone

Good luck!
Does studying during free/study periods count as part of the 5 hours of independent study?
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