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A Level Revision hours

how much should I be revising a day because girls in my school are starting to use flora which tracks ur focus hours and theirs it coming to like 40-60 hours a week and its making me feel like im gna fail.
Original post by shelleydrowning
how much should I be revising a day because girls in my school are starting to use flora which tracks ur focus hours and theirs it coming to like 40-60 hours a week and its making me feel like im gna fail.

hi also y13 here and honestly i had to stop checking flora because the amount of revision i saw everybody else was doing stressed me out so much that it made me more anxious when revising. i still like logging my hours but i no longer look on the friends tab or the feed tab (for my own mental wellbeing😭). for me i’ve never ever been able to do more than four or five hours a day of revision even during gcse time because after a certain while i become burnt out and i can feel the revision being less effective. it’s also not necessarily about how MUCH you do but also how effective your studying is! i mean let’s say someone’s revision method is just rewriting all of their notes (and the notes are in front of them so it’s not active recall (however if this is how you study and you know it works then ignore me i’m just speaking from personal experience)). naturally, that will take someone a very long time so it may seem like they’re studying more/ahead of you in revision. compare this with someone who’s revision method is flashcards (active recall so much improved), blurting (my personal fav technique) , watching videos to help them understand the content, or doing past papers. now for example it takes me about 1h 40m to finish a 2h practice paper (no resources + timed) and i mark it afterwards and i learn from my mistakes and go back and consolidate stuff i didn’t get. ultimately this is way better than if i just sat down for three hours just rewriting all my notes or reading the textbook because for me at least i know i wouldn’t be engaged in the slightest and that revision method would suck. now on flora if i did the paper my focus time would be only two hours and if i wrote all my notes then my focus would be 3 hours so it looks like i’ve done more work but deep down i know i wouldn’t have gained anything from it. for reference i have been using flora since y10 and have not once completed 40-60 hours in a week (although maybe closer to exams i will have to grind harder) and managed to get pretty much straight 9s at gcse and am predicted 3a* at a level now. if logging the hours helps you then go for it but the real enemy of progress in revision is comparing yourself to others. all you need to do is believe in your revision techniques and try to keep your life balanced (eating/sleeping good + exercising) as well to make sure you don’t go insane and you will get the grades you deserve! good luck and sorry for the long response xxx
Original post by hiabsotd
hi also y13 here and honestly i had to stop checking flora because the amount of revision i saw everybody else was doing stressed me out so much that it made me more anxious when revising. i still like logging my hours but i no longer look on the friends tab or the feed tab (for my own mental wellbeing😭). for me i’ve never ever been able to do more than four or five hours a day of revision even during gcse time because after a certain while i become burnt out and i can feel the revision being less effective. it’s also not necessarily about how MUCH you do but also how effective your studying is! i mean let’s say someone’s revision method is just rewriting all of their notes (and the notes are in front of them so it’s not active recall (however if this is how you study and you know it works then ignore me i’m just speaking from personal experience)). naturally, that will take someone a very long time so it may seem like they’re studying more/ahead of you in revision. compare this with someone who’s revision method is flashcards (active recall so much improved), blurting (my personal fav technique) , watching videos to help them understand the content, or doing past papers. now for example it takes me about 1h 40m to finish a 2h practice paper (no resources + timed) and i mark it afterwards and i learn from my mistakes and go back and consolidate stuff i didn’t get. ultimately this is way better than if i just sat down for three hours just rewriting all my notes or reading the textbook because for me at least i know i wouldn’t be engaged in the slightest and that revision method would suck. now on flora if i did the paper my focus time would be only two hours and if i wrote all my notes then my focus would be 3 hours so it looks like i’ve done more work but deep down i know i wouldn’t have gained anything from it. for reference i have been using flora since y10 and have not once completed 40-60 hours in a week (although maybe closer to exams i will have to grind harder) and managed to get pretty much straight 9s at gcse and am predicted 3a* at a level now. if logging the hours helps you then go for it but the real enemy of progress in revision is comparing yourself to others. all you need to do is believe in your revision techniques and try to keep your life balanced (eating/sleeping good + exercising) as well to make sure you don’t go insane and you will get the grades you deserve! good luck and sorry for the long response xxx


Thank you so much i agree with the methods, thanks for reassuring me cuz all that matters lowkey is that im ready for the exams regardless. I unadded all my friends to stop comparing myself. for gcse i didnt track anything i just kinda revised what i felt like each day and ended up with 11 A*s. idky a level just feels so agonising. I get so panicky during the revision like ill feel my heart racing every time im struggling
Original post by shelleydrowning
Thank you so much i agree with the methods, thanks for reassuring me cuz all that matters lowkey is that im ready for the exams regardless. I unadded all my friends to stop comparing myself. for gcse i didnt track anything i just kinda revised what i felt like each day and ended up with 11 A*s. idky a level just feels so agonising. I get so panicky during the revision like ill feel my heart racing every time im struggling

i fear we may be the same person lmao. i’ve now deleted flora because i literally cannot stomach looking at everyone else’s revision☺️☺️. honestly what has worked for us in the past should hopefully work for us for these exams and with ur brilliant gcse grades i’m sure you will do amazing in the summer!
Original post by shelleydrowning
how much should I be revising a day because girls in my school are starting to use flora which tracks ur focus hours and theirs it coming to like 40-60 hours a week and its making me feel like im gna fail.

if your friends are getting 40-60 hour weeks then they are counting the work that they do at school. i don’t go to school but work 16hrs a week and it’s difficult for me to get over 40

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