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Planning for success

Setting a revision timetable

If you fail to plan then you are planning to fail

Review how you use your time at present. What's important to you? What do you enjoy doing? What are the "time-fillers" that you just find yourself doing? Which of these activities could you happily do without? Although you need to be ruthless, make sure that you build in time for relaxation and recreation.


Make a list of all the coursework you will need to complete between now and the exams. Check out the deadlines. How far on are you with each project? Get yourself a diary or a calendar (or persuade a parent to buy you one) and plan out how you intend to get coursework finished.


Analyse your revision needs. What are your strong subjects? What are your weaker subjects? Which subjects have a lot of content? Which have less? Which would be tackled best with a "little and often" approach?


Bearing this in mind, plan a weekly timetable. It may be appropriate to tackle a couple of subjects each night. You might decide to mix a favourite subject with a less popular one. You should aim to visit each subject at least once a week (even if it's only briefly). Make sure that your leisure interests are included in the timetable.


Take control of your own learning. If you know there are certain topics that you have problems with and need to work on, why not ask your subject teacher if you can concentrate on these (perhaps instead of the usual homework)


Be flexible. The timetable is there as a tool - not as a taskmaster.


If you find it difficult devising a revision timetable, don't be afraid to ask for help. Tutors or subject teachers may be happy to help.


"I kept a Time-Use Diary for a week, like the teacher said, and I realised I was spending tons of time watching telly - so now I just pick two programmes a night and spend a lot more time revising, although not at weekends because I usually go out with my mates then."

Take control of your own learning



Getting motivated - Planning a revision timetable - Revision techniques - Memory techniques

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