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How to Schedule Revision During Exams

One of the biggest challenges of exam season is scheduling revision according to your exams timetable. Especially since it is entirely possible that you will have multiple subject exams in one day.

First Things First: Create a Timetable

Start by having your exam timetable in front of you. This will be the base of your revision timetable. The timetable will allow you to visualise the space you have in between exams.

Now that you can see this, schedule your revision in those spaces and divide your time accordingly between subjects for upcoming exams. I have purposely not advised you to divide your time equally. This is because for you, some subjects might need more time than others.

Prioritise Like A Master

The art of prioritising is the key to success when revising in between exams, or even trying to manage the revision of multiple subjects at the same time.
Here is the definition of ‘revision’ from the Collins Dictionary – “read things again and make notes”.

Note, it does not state that it involves learning new things.

So, when you are revising, focus on reinforcing topics that you already know. You may touch on new bits of information which you learn, which is fine. But you shouldn’t be aiming to learn entirely new topics.

This is where prioritising comes into play. You should be prioritising the hardest topic, or the one you feel the least confident on. It is tempting to avoid this because it doesn’t feel good to struggle. But to get the most out of your revision, this is the way to make something you find hard a little bit easier.

Be Realistic

This goes hand-in-hand with prioritising. Look at your timetable and make a realistic judgement of how much you will be able to cover during the space in between.

If you overload your plan, and do not take relaxation into account, your revision won’t be effective. It will also affect your state of mind and lead to stress which in turn, will affect the quality of your revision and exam performance.

Hopefully, these tips will help you think strategically and make the task less overwhelming. Good luck!

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Sumantha is an education and training specialist with over ten years' experience in developing and delivering adult and secondary level education. Her professional journey includes a six-year stint as a secondary school teacher. She is currently a freelance content writer and learning and development consultant. Sumantha also has a portfolio of private students who she teaches up to GCSE level.

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