All revision shed starts with a good timetable, whether it is written down or something you prefer to keep in your head. Here’s our guide to creating one from scratch.
Make it stand out!
Make your timetable standout with lots of colours and by keeping it somewhere where it will stay in your mind. Stick it above your computer, on your fridge or on your desk, don’t leave it in a draw where you’ll no doubt forget about it.
Don’t get bogged down in the details
Don’t get caught up in the details of exactly when you plan to start and finish your revision. Split your day into a few, vague segments, such as early morning, morning lunch, afternoon, late afternoon, evening and night, rather than precise hours. Then simply pencil in a revision session for, say, 30 minutes in three of the five segments.
Mix it up
Make sure to mix up your subjects to help both keep you focused and motivated. Don’t set all your weak subjects on the same day, mix and match across the week. Also bear in mind what days might suit subjects best, for example, placing a easier subjects on a Friday afternoon.
Make the most use of your time by prioritising the subjects or areas you need to revise and work on the most. The amount of revision should also reflects the rewards, with bigger marked exams or projects requiring more work and time.
Tailor your timetable to you
Time your revision sessions so that they are best for you, placing them when you know you’ll be awake and focused, as well as free and not distracted. Don’t force yourself to revise at 8am if you’re a night owl!
Reward yourself and make sure you take regular breaks in between sessions. Don’t fill up your day with back-to-back work, instead spread your workloads throughout the week making sure to leave time for socialising, relaxing and everything else you need to squeeze in.
It’s always good to see your own progress, so make sure to cross off your sessions as they are completed. Perhaps laminating your timetable so you can reuse it again will help with this. While it may not add to your revision, it’s may keep you motivated