How to Make the Most of Your Christmas Revision Time

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Amy studied at the University of Bristol and is our revision blog guru. She only graduated recently so understands the pressures of being a student better than most, and is here to share her wisdom so that you revise effectively, smash your exams, succeed at school and write cracking university and job applications.

Timing yourself with A Level Maths papersThe festive period is almost upon us; and whilst this might mean presents and parties for some, for others it’s a crucial time to prepare for January mock exams.

Whether you’re poring over model GCSE Physics answers or timing yourself with our A Level Maths past papers, revising over the Christmas break is always tricky, as the festivities are inevitably a big distraction. So here are our tips for staying motivated and structuring your Christmas revision effectively, so that you can make the most of your revision time, whilst still being able to enjoy the festive fun that Christmas brings.

1. Get started as soon as possible

The key to holiday revision success is making sure you get plenty done in the lead up to the festive period, so that you can truly relax on the important days without having to worry about your workload.

You might find it hard to get back into the swing of things after Christmas day, so we’d recommend laying as much groundwork between now and the Christmas holidays as you possibly can.

Before the Christmas holidays start, aim to have made:

  1. A topic checklist detailing all the topics you need to cover before your exams
  2. A revision plan that accounts for every day up until your exams, and outlines what you’ll be revising each day (check out our tips for making the perfect revision timetable here)

Once you’ve got these two things drawn up, don’t waste any time in getting started, either. Which takes us onto our second point…

2. Start by making notes and practicing Topic Questions

Once you know what you’re revising and when, get started by looking through your classwork, textbooks and revision guides, and making detailed, colour coded notes which put all the information you need to know about a topic in one place.

Once you’ve finished making your notes about a topic, use our ‘Topic Questions’ to practice exam-style questions directly relevant to what you’ve just revised.

Revising this way will mean you’re learning the content and getting that all-important exam practice, all in one hit.


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3. Don’t put it off

When your exams still feel like a little way off, it’s easy to convince yourself that you can afford to put off revision for another day.

But they’ll come around sooner than you think; and when they do, you’ll wish you’d made the most of your revision time.

With this in mind, make the most of your free evenings between now and the Christmas holidays – and set aside a morning or afternoon on the weekends to get some good revision done. You’ll find Christmas a whole lot more relaxing if you’ve broken the back of your workload before the big day.

4. Don’t lose heart

When it comes to revision, little and often is better than nothing at all. So if you do find that you’ve fallen behind on your revision schedule, or are struggling to get your head in the game after Christmas day: don’t beat yourself up or give up completely.

Doing even just an hour or two of revision a day is better than nothing at all – so even if you know you haven’t got a whole day’s worth of working in you, do as much as you can. It will be time well spent, we promise.

5. Remember that mocks exams ARE important

As we discussed in this blog post, mock exams are super important, despite not technically counting towards your final GCSE grade.

In many ways they actually do count, because the revision you do now is laying essential groundwork which will help you succeed in the summer. If you revise properly now, you’ll have notes and other resources written and ready to be revisited before the ‘real thing’ – which will save you a whole lot of valuable time and effort.

Working hard now will make Future You’s life far easier. So get cracking and get ahead of the game over the next two weeks, so that you can have a very Merry Christmas and a truly fantastic New Year, free from revision stress and exam worry. You know it will be worth it!

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