Organising your revision time


In comparison with school, your time at sixth form goes by pretty fast. The one thing that’s certain to drag, however, is time spent revising. The weeks and months leading up to exam season are always particularly stressful for students. Learning how to revise better will not only keep anxiety to a minimum, but give you techniques that will serve you well for years to come. Keep in mind that revising to the best of your abilities requires more than simple regurgitation of facts and figures.

Organising your time is the key to revision and exam success. Devising and dividing your schedule correctly will give you the time you need to memorise, analyse and understand the subject you’re studying. Read on to discover the top ways of organising your revision time for better exam results.

Be realistic

There’s nothing wrong with having ambitious goals when it comes to revision but being realistic will ensure you’re not left disappointed with your progress. Creating a revision timetable is an excellent place to begin, and an easy way of breaking down the material you need to learn into more manageable, less daunting chunks.

You should divide your time based on the number of subjects you need to study, and when the exam dates are set. Keeping things flexible is a vital part of developing a timetable you can stick to. As The Independent explains:

“As well as allowing more time for tricky topics, don’t be afraid to adjust your plan if a subject takes longer than planned. It’s not just studying you might need more time for. An unexpected party may crop up and you don’t always have to deny yourself the good times. Stick to your timetable 80 percent of the time and you will be okay.”

Factor in everyday tasks

Looking after yourself during revision will ensure you’re in the best possible state to take on your studies. When organising your revision time, factor in the everyday tasks that you just can’t live without. Eating breakfast is a big one. Research found that those who skip breakfast are more likely to be inactive, unfit and obese, traits that affect more than just your physical ability. Skipping breakfast will leave your brain sluggish too, preventing you from retaining information, and bringing down your mood and energy levels.

As well as setting time aside for eating and drinking, getting some fresh air and exercise is another must. Even a quick burst of fresh air will help to boost your focus and leave you feeling refreshed.

Don’t be afraid to prioritise

You may find that you excel in some areas and need a little extra help in others. Organise your revision time with these strengths and weaknesses in mind. Prioritise subjects or topics that you haven’t performed well in during recent mock exams.

Don’t get over confident with your strongest subjects though. Avoid neglecting subjects, even those that you think you’re fluent in. Instead, fit in time to revisit all topics and test yourself with past papers to make sure it’s all ‘sticking’. Many students also schedule more revision time for the subjects that are directly connected to the career they plan to pursue in the long term. Revision courses are excellent options for those looking to strengthen their skills in certain subjects and boost their chances of achieving higher grades.

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