Prioritising subjects for more successful revision


Revision scheduling

With exam season just beginning, many students will be looking to perfect the way they revise in those last crucial weeks. Staying positive and having a solid, realistic timetable for study are both important. Knowing how to prioritise subjects is another must for revision success.

Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Knowing how to use these to your advantage, particularly for exams in subjects that you find more difficult to understand and remember. In 2017, 26.3% of A Level students in the UK gained an A* or A. Making sure you achieve the best you can this year is all about planning ahead for those final weeks of revision, taking into account your best subjects and areas that need improvement. The ranking of subjects should have ideally begun at the very start of your revision timetable, but it’s never too late to adapt your list of priorities. Read on to discover the key tips that will help you plan your revision and discover how your time would be best spent.

Identify your strengths and weaknesses

Knowing where your strengths lie is a vital part of determining which subjects need extra revision focus. Try to rank your knowledge of each subject on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being you know a lot, 1 being you find the subject difficult to understand). The lower you score, the more hours per week you need to dedicate to the subject.

Struggling to rank subjects?

There are a number of indicators that will help you decide where extra revision time should be spent, as Which? University explains:

“Ask yourself what subjects or particular topics within those subjects do you need to spend more time on? Perhaps some disappointing mock results have flagged areas you need to pay attention to? Or there are certain subjects where you need to achieve a certain grade, to progress into what you plan to do next? Remember not to get cocky and neglect those subjects that you’re already strong at.”

As well as completing revision on each subject, don’t forget to schedule time for revisiting topics, particularly as the dates for each exam draw nearer.

Consider your exam schedule

It’s not just your strengths and areas of improvement that should be recognised. Prioritising subjects with your exam schedule in mind is an important part of the puzzle. Exams that are taking place sooner and require extra revision should be given priority over exams that you are more confident with and that are later down the line.

Leaving some time between each study session has been found to be more beneficial than continuously cramming. Although there is no ideal amount of time to set aside, factoring in breaks when planning revision will ensure your long-term memory improves. Identify times of the day when your concentration levels are higher, and use these times to revise the subjects you find most difficult. If you’re not a morning person, try to study your strongest subjects before lunch. This will provide some relief prior to tackling more difficult subject matter in the afternoon.

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