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Gcse Revision Timetable For Half Term & Beyond

GCSE Revision Timetable for Half-Term & Beyond

Putting together a revision plan isn’t always easy, it is not as simple as assigning 30 minutes to each subject an even number of times throughout the week and sitting back watching the improvements roll in.

There are a number of intelligent steps to follow when designing an effective study plan which will make the experience more successful and enjoyable.

  • GCSE students are encouraged to aim for 120-150 minutes of good quality study per day over the Easter period.
  • Study sessions should comprise of 30 minutes slots – 25 minutes work, 5 minutes break.
  • Each session should have pre-assigned motives and goals e.g. complete a short answer exam section or complete three diagrams of river erosion. Goals must be assessable to ensure work is being done.
  • Study area should be neat, well-ventilated, bright and free of distractions. The study area should be consistent each day as to ensure comfort and ease of access to study material.
  • Study area should be vacated every 25 minutes; the 5 minute break should not be spent in a seated position. Grab a snack, some fresh air or a drink of water.
  • Study least favourite subject first while energy levels and enthusiasm are at their peak. Study contrasting subjects together e.g. language then maths. Contrasting learning styles and tasks will help reduce mental fatigue.
  • Weight each subject; subject requiring most work should be assigned greatest weight. Assign study slots as determined by weighting.
  • Reward system. Watch an episode of a series as a means of unwinding and forgetting about academics prior to bed or any other past time you may enjoy.

The example below illustrates an example study plan for, James, a GCSE student studying 10 subjects. This student is very confident with Maths and Geography but finds Science and History particularly difficult. Slots are 25 minutes with 5 minute breaks between slots.

  • There are 25 thirty-minute study slots available each week. Maths and Geography are studied two times per week, couple this with homework and in-class work and this is sufficient. Science and History are both studied 4 times each week.
  • Science and History are studied in the opening slots each evening. Geography and Maths are studied between the two least favourite subjects.
  • Different learning styles are neighbouring one another.
  • A clear, assessable and realistic examination orientated task is assigned to each slot each evening. A record of each task is kept as to self-monitor progress over time.
  • James vacates his room every 25 minutes for 5 minutes of moving around the house and garden.
  • Every Saturday is kept entirely free as a day of rest and recreation at James’ discretion.

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