How do I make a revision timetable?
So, you've just received your exam schedule from your school; it's time to make your revision timetable. Although this can seem a daunting task, it's quick and easy if you use our provisional timetable and follow our simple 'Steps to Success'.
Steps to Success
Here are our steps to success!
1. Year planner/excel sheet by day - Add exam dates down (include subject, start time, duration and seat number)
2. Add your extra-curricular commitments (dates and time)
3. Add your revision work backwards from exam dates:
a. Don't plan to revise into the night - cap revision at 7 or 8 at night.
b. Break up revision with short breaks - 40 minutes of undisturbed revision should be followed by a 10 minute break.
c. Balance your subject revision - don't just revise one subject per day; mix-it-up A LOT.
4. Add a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day.
5. Actively use your revision timetable - it's not set in stone but it's an effective tool to manage your time.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Our experienced tutors are ready and willing to help you create your revision timetable, so drop in anytime.
Good Luck and Get Planning!
Exam Preparation and Wellbeing
· Exercise regularly. Exercise releases the hormone serotonin which increases motivation and decreases hostility (Meeusan, 2006)
· Healthy body, healthy mind - drink lots of water through the day and avoid snacking during revision.
· Don't avoid topics you dislike - for every 10 minutes you spend on a topic you enjoy, spend 20 minutes on a topic you dislike.
· Don't be afraid to make small changes to your revision timetable.
· Little and often - Learning is like planting a seed; if you throw a bucket of water on a newly planted seed and neglect it thereon in, the plant will not grow. However, if you add small amounts of nutrients and water daily, the plant will thrive. Similarly if you revise a little each day, you will succeed.
· Work smart - use technology to help you. There is a vast range of free apps that can help you plan your time, test your knowledge and teach subject knowledge.
· Relax and unwind before you go to bed. An hour before you go to bed do an activity that you enjoy such as reading a book, listening to music or yoga; the possibilities are endless.
· Have an early night. Make sure you get your full 8 hours of sleep each night and don't be afraid to have the odd power nap.