Abraham Lincoln was right. If you fail to plan you are setting yourself up for a fall, particularly when it comes to revision.
There’s a lot of content to get through when you’re revising for multiple exams, so a good plan is essential if you’re going to make sure you cover everything. A plan will help you break down big, daunting tasks into manageable bite-size portions, and should leave you feeling confident that you’ve got time to get everything done.
Where should I begin?
1) Start by reminding yourself of your revision goals, as these will give you a good starting point.
Do you want to get an A in Maths, or go up a grade boundary in Biology? If so, make sure you’re working plenty of time for these subjects into your timetable so that you’re giving yourself the best chance of success.
2) Work out where you are NOW. Talk to your teachers, look at any recent results, and speak with your parents. Work out where you currently stand, and then start planning the next leg of your journey to exam success!
3) Get some big sheets of A3 paper, and draw up a big calendar that accounts for every day between now and your exam. Write the dates of your exams on here straight away, so that you can visualise the time you’ve got to work with and can keep that end goal in mind.
What does a good plan look like?
A good plan should balance structure and flexibility. You want to know what you’re doing and when, but also to have some wiggle room in case a task or topic takes longer than expected.
Your plan should also prioritise the subjects where the exams are coming up first, and the subjects you find most difficult (because these will probably take up more time). Whatever you do, don’t shy away from the hard stuff! If anything, it’s best to get the trickiest things out of the way first so that you have plenty of time to seek help, ask questions, and get your head around difficult concepts before the big day.
Your plan should tell you which topics and sub-topics you will be covering each day, and how much time you will be dedicating to each.
Other commitments that will affect revision time should be added too, such as plans with friends, exercise and other hobbies. Here is an example of what this might look like for one week (you would of course add the topics relevant to your studies).
And there you have it! A realistic revision plan. Putting thought into this before your revision gets fully underway is time well spent, as it gets all the logistics sorted and allows you to focus solely on the tasks at hand. Below is a blank template you can print off and fill in with your own subjects.
Tick days off as you go along, and begin that exam day countdown. Every minute matters, so make the most of the time you have. Best of luck!