Let’s face it, revision planning is a minefield. You’ve got six exams, for three different subjects, spread over a five week period. You’re most worried about the last one but should you revise that topic first when it’s ages away? You’ve got brain ache before you’ve even started revising – so what’s the best way to deal with it?
There are lots of theories out there for how you should study and for how long (take a look at some of our favourites) but what’s most important is that you understand the key topics of each subject. Here’s our guide to planning your time.
How much revision should I actually be doing per day for A Levels?
The truth is, there’s no miracle number for how many hours you should study for an exam (sorry), but there are some pretty good guidelines out there. According to The Student Room, students revise 15 to 20 hours per week for their exams, which might sound a lot until you break it down. You’ve probably worked it out for yourself, but the recommended time equates to three to five hours of revision per day with weekends off! Between 15 and 20 hours is the average revision time for a massive community of students so it’s a pretty good starting point for anyone who’s struggling with time management. Think that’s too much or too little? Why not try it for a week and re-evaluate your revision time if necessary? After all, everyone’s different.
How do I start revising?
Find out exactly what you know...which also means finding out what you don't know. Look at your course outline and test yourself on the topics. What are you confident in and what needs more work? This way you can prioritise your workload, which can help you decide what subjects may need more hours of revision.
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How do I start planning my revision?
A revision plan will help you keep track of your revision hours in the context of a week and our revision timetable template is a great place to start. As you’ve identified which subjects need the most work, you can now allocate more time for those topics. If you only need an hour to review something you know quite well, two to three hours or repeated sessions would be more appropriate for something you’re struggling with.
How do I make sure I remember my revision?
In most circumstances it’s not about how many hours you spend, but about how much you get done in those hours. So if you book out two hours to learn a difficult topic, you shouldn’t spend another two hour session going over it. Once you’ve understood it, it’s time to memorise, which can be done by reviewing the key points regularly over the coming weeks. Try spend your time with these goals in mind:
- Understand the topic (more hours – as many as it takes)
- Review the topic (on a different day for an hour)
- Second review (on another day for 30 minutes)
- Short refreshers until you’ve committed the topic to memory (15 minutes).
How do I make sure I remember what I've revised?
No matter how many hours you spend on revision, if you don’t test yourself then you won’t be prepared for exam questions. Reviewing past papers will show you if you have any gaps in your knowledge, so you know what to dedicate more hours to in your revision plan.
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