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January 18, 2017

Timetabling your GCSE revision: For the half-term and beyond

Half-Term Revision Timetable. GCSE A-Level mock Exams

Putting together a revision plan isn’t easy. It’s not as simple as assigning 30 minutes to each subject an even number of times throughout the week and sitting back to watch improvement roll in.

However, there are a number of steps you can take when designing an effective study plan that will make the experience more successful and enjoyable as you fine-tune your preparation for the GCSE exams.

Specific recommendations

Aim for 120-150 minutes of good quality study per day over the Easter period.

Study sessions should comprise 30 minute slots – 25 minutes’ work with 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 realistic and measurable to ensure the work is being done, and to build your sense of achievement as you make progress.

Your study area should be neat, well-ventilated, bright, and free of distractions. It should be consistent each day to ensure your comfort and ease of access to study material.

Vacate your study area every 25 minutes: you should not spend your 5-minute break in a seated position. Grab a snack, some fresh air, or a drink of water.

Study your least favourite subject(s) first while your energy levels and enthusiasm are at their peak. Study contrasting subjects together – e.g. a language then maths. Contrasting learning styles and tasks will help reduce mental fatigue and keep your brain sharp.

When setting out your plan (and, ideally, when you reach its midway point) weight each subject according to urgency. The subject requiring most work should be assigned greatest weight. Assign study slots based on subject weighting.

Operate a reward system. Watch an episode of a series as a means of unwinding and forgetting about academics prior to bed or partake in another pastime you may enjoy.

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