How to Make Sure You Revise EVERYTHING
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.
One of the most overlooked but crucial parts of the whole revision process is making checklists for each exam to make sure you’ve covered everything.
These can be divided into two types: The Content Checklist and The Past Paper Checklist. It’s essential that you cover everything on these lists before the big day. Here’s how to go about it…
The Content Checklist
The Content Checklist should be the very first step in your revision process. All it means is writing down every topic and subtopic your exam is going to cover. Then, next to each one, you tick off the stage you’re at with it.
This list should be used to help you keep track of whether you have all the notes, whether you’ve answered all the topic questions and, looping back, whether you’ve filled in the gaps in your notes that these questions flagged up.
To find the topics your exam is going to cover, use the exam board syllabus, your notes, revision guides and also our online resources. With Save My Exams, you can find all the exam questions sorted into handy groups by topic, which is fantastic for easy organisation.
Creating a checklist like this is a bit like making a shopping list. In fact, revising for and taking an exam is very much like making a special dinner. Revising is shopping for the ingredients and taking the exam is using them to whip up your meal (bear with us). If you only put into your basket (revise) the topic-ingredients you just happen to remember you’ll need, you may get to the kitchen and find you’re making curry without the spice or an omelette without eggs. In essence, it just won’t work!
The Past Paper Checklist
As the name suggests, this just means listing all the Past Papers available for the exam so you can work your way through them. We make this easier by putting them all in one place so you’re not lost across different pages and PDFs!
Past papers are the most important part of the revision process and will show you how questions are phrased, how many marks they’re worth and how you’re expected to approach them. Just remember that while you’re researching past papers and questions by topic, you should also be aware of using the correct exam board, and not confusing, say, OCR past papers with CIE past papers. Old exams can sometimes even help you predict which questions have a higher chance of appearing on your own exam, based on the frequency and number of times they’ve previously come up.
So, what are you waiting for? Get listing!