You’ve got 100 days until your English examination and full-time revision should begin from today.
How to Make a Revision Timetable
First, print my 2015 wall calendar in A3 size or larger. The left, middle and right of each day-box represents each of three study sessions:
- Morning session: 8am to 12pm (make a dot to the left)
- Afternoon session: 1pm to 5pm (make a dot in the middle)
- Evening session: 6pm to 9:30pm (make a dot to the right)
Next, use coloured stickers from Officeworks (or coloured markers) to label your examinations. Use a different colour for each subject. Working backwards from those examinations, put more stickers on the chart to denote which subjects you’ll study in each study session.
Rules when filling your timetable:
- Plan 100 revision sessions in the 100 days before your first examination
- Try not to plan revision sessions on school days – save that time for homework!
- Adjust the number of sessions you will have for each subject: you might want to focus more on some subjects than on others, or prepare for them all equally. It’s up to you.
- Revise for 12 sessions each week that you’re not in school
- Revise for no more than two sessions in a day
- Avoid the evening session when possible.
- Use your free time to relax or get some exercise.
- You may move a study session but you are not allowed to cancel it
Make Your Own Revision Timetable
This strategy worked extraordinarily well for me during my A-level studies. I studied this much (48 hours per week) and achieved an equivalent ATAR of over 99. What’s your revision strategy? Leave your ideas in the comments section below.