GCSE Revision Planner in 5 Easy Steps

May 20, 2016

GCSE Revision Planning: 5 Easy Steps

Get to grips with your revision in 5 easy steps.

1. Plan each day

Be honest with yourself. If you have come late to revision then be realistic about the amount of work you can do within the limited amount of time that you have.  

Put a wall-planner in place or set out an electronic timetable with the days, times and hours that you have available to study.  

Plan your work out in time slots. This will be invaluable in allowing you to prioritize and make sure that you’re covering the most important areas of each subject.

2. Eating and drinking

The first thing many students do when it comes to revision is to reach for energy drinks and comfort food. If you choose to do this, it puts you at a disadvantage.  

Of course, it’s great to treat yourself to your favourite snacks to help you to get through the pressure of revision, but try to exercise moderation during this time.  

Keep a food diary in the weeks leading up to your exams to ensure you are getting the nutrients and ‘brain food’ you need. A mix of the right vitamins and minerals will help maintain your energy levels, keep you positive, and improve your clarity of thought.  

3. Exercise

Exercise might seem an indulgence when you are under time pressure to finish your revision, but as with making the time to eat and drink well, also make time for exercise in your exam planner.

If possible, try to start your day with some exercise as this will set you up for the day and help you to begin on a positive note.  

The more regularly you exercise, the more energy you will have when it comes to getting back to your desk.  If you find yourself getting tired during the day, get up and walk around or go outside and get some fresh air before starting again. 

4. Take breaks

Even if you feel overwhelmed, and that you are running out of preparation time, it’s important to take a break in the lead-up to your exams.

Record some of your favourite TV series or films and reward yourself with a break when you have finished what you have set out to do in your revision planner.  

Alternatively go out and visit some friends, listen to music, or do something that relaxes you every time you complete a considerable chunk of your revision.

5. Visualize what’s ahead

Visualize what’s ahead of you. Think about the benefits good GCSE results will bring to you personally and how you will feel after the exams if you have done your best and put in as much preparation as possible.  

Think about the career paths that you are interested in pursuing and the break that you will enjoy afterwards. Doing this if and when you have doubts will help spur you on and give you energy.

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