Organisation: How To Make a Revision Timetable
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.
A plan will help you break down daunting tasks into manageable portions, and should leave you feeling confident that you’ve got time to get everything done.
Where should you begin?
1. Take another look at your revision goals
Take a look at the goals you set after reading this post. These will give you a good starting point. Remind yourself of them and bear them in mind when you make your timetable, so that you’re giving yourself the best chance of smashing your goals.
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. Draw up a big calendar on some A3 paper
Make sure this accounts for every day between now and the end of exams and write your exam times on here straight away. This will help you visualise the time you’ve got to work with and keep that end goal in mind.
What does a good revision timetable look like?
- It should balance structure and flexibility. You want to know what you’re doing and when, but also have wiggle room in case a task or topic takes longer than expected.
- It should prioritise: a) the subjects with exams coming up first and b) the subjects you find most difficult (because these will probably take up more time)
- It should tell you which topics and sub-topics you’ll be revising each day, and how much time you’ll be dedicating to each.
- Other commitments that will affect revision time should be added too, such as plans with friends, exercise time and other hobbies.
When it comes to revision, don’t shy away from the hard stuff! If anything it’s best to get the trickiest topics out 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 exam day.