BEST 7 Time Management Tips for A Level Revision & GCSE Revision
April 6, 2017
A-Level & GCSE Revision: Time Management Tips
Time management helps you take control of your life. Applied to revision, it means you use your time more effectively, leading you to study as efficiently as possible.
Effective time management will also help you to achieve more balance in life, leading to a happier, healthier you.
1. Get organised
Create ‘to do’ lists and schedule the sections or topics of each subject that you need to cover. Organise your study space (so that you don't waste time having to look for your equipment etc.). Maintain a filing system for your notes (e.g. a sectioned folder).
Incorporate leisure time into your study timetable; this will help you to plan realistically. Use your ‘to do’ lists for both short and long term planning: short-term plans should detail what you will do on a daily basis to work towards long-term goals; long-term plans should identify goals for specific periods of time.
2. Think ahead
Think about the tasks you need to complete based on their due date and schedule them accordingly. For example, if by the end of October you need to cover topics 1, 2, and 3 of a given subject, break these down into tasks over the coming weeks and schedule them on your study plan.
Try to make tasks small and manageable. This may mean breaking broad tasks into smaller components. A task should not be Revise Maths.
3. Prioritize your tasks
Rank your tasks in terms of their priority. This will help you to avoid wasting time on unimportant tasks.
Set a realistic goal for each day and week. Completing tasks will lead to a sense of accomplishment and progress – both of which help to reduce your stress levels.
4. Be realistic
If you don’t eat, sleep, exercise, and socialise a little, your study time will not be effective. There comes a point of diminishing returns (i.e. when the quantity overtakes the quality of your study and you make less progress as a result); and the exam cycle is a marathon, not a sprint. Make your schedule accordingly. Work done early in the cycle will stand to you later.
Schedule short breaks within your timetable. Don’t leave everything until the last minute (avoid cramming!).
5. Practise effective study techniques
Create a good study environment. Read the syllabus for each subject and start using past exam papers as part of your revision as soon as possible. Past exam papers may seem daunting at first but they will give you a good idea of what you need to achieve through your revision.
Moreover, if you can read topics before your teacher covers them, this will help you to get more from your classes, which will aid your performance throughout the year.
Manage your tasks effectively by making them: 1) Measurable – success in completion of specific tasks is easy to measure; and 2) Realistic – don’t create a task that can’t be achieved because it is unrealistic.
Think about what you are trying to achieve before you begin a task. For example, if you are reading a chapter, aim to identify and learn the key points from the chapter. You could also choose to answer an exam question after completing the topic to test your comprehension. This is will check your understanding and help you to remember the content covered at a later date.
Reading with a focus helps you to avoid reading material for the sake of it. Schedule the tasks you will find most difficult first. You are freshest at this point. Schedule your favourite topics towards the end as you are more likely to complete them, even if you begin to tire.
6. Be prepared for the unexpected – Flexibility is key
Sometimes you won’t be able to stick to your schedule. You may get sick or something unexpected may arise. Be prepared for this. Being disciplined and staying on schedule as much as you can will help when your plans go awry.
Furthermore, allowing for a little slippage in your schedule (by including some free study periods) will help.
7) Always have a goal
It’s vital that you know what you want to achieve. You may not have decided exactly what you would like to do when you finish school but you may have a number of preferences or possible options.
Think about how your study will help you to achieve your goals, or help you be in the best position to decide which option you want to take. Understand what you value and want from school. Turn this into a personal mission statement that includes your career goals.