Plan your Revision

Before you can even think of revising, you must first go through the list of topics in your , and check that you have either learnt or been taught each topic at least once, so you are semi-familiar with everything on your syllabus. After all, you can’t revise something that you have not learnt in the first place, remember that revising means reviewing what you have already learnt.

You should then think about locating all your notes together along with any books that you will need to look through. You should also gather past papers or questions from the last 2-3 years. This will allow you to see which topics in your syllabus come up frequently, and which come up rarely. You should now be able to identify topic areas in your syllabus that should be revised first. Prioritising your topics in this way will makemuch more clear and concise in your own mind because you will know what you have to do.

Next, you should make a . First decide at what times you work best and plan to work most during those times. For example some students find it easier to start early in the morning, on the other hand some students prefer to start in the afternoon. Whatever you decide, you must consider sleep by starting and finishing revision in away that allows for at least six hours sleep. In addition to considering sleep when making your revision timetable you should also consider your job if you have one, this needs to be thought out carefully otherwise you can become very tired as well as stressed out if you attempt to push yourself too far.

Split each day into small time periods of 40 minutes to 1 hour, with small breaks in between. The length of these periods depends on the individual’s concentration span. If you think your concentration dwindles quickly, then you should look to have short revision sessions with short breaks in between so that overall you will still be doing the same amount as a person who has longer sessions (but can also afford to take longer breaks in between). For those who believe that their concentration does not suffer, make sure you take breaks in between however short. Using your syllabus you should be able to identify topics that are difficult and those which are not so difficult and allocate revision time accordingly.



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