Planning a schedule for revision is necessary, even crucial. A good schedule can allow you to pace your revision and adhere to progress effectively. This is especially true if you have a study break and a good schedule allows you to fully utilise your time and reduce any stress as you will be studying progressively as planned. So how shall we go about planning the revision schedule?
#1 – Start With The Subject On The Last Of Your Exam Timetable
Look at your examination timetable. Which subject appears the last shall be the first for revision. Basically you revise according to the REVERSE order of the examination timetable. In this way, by the time you are closer to the actual exam starting date, you are revising the subject that is the closest to the starting date and all concepts are the freshest. Then, as you go down the order, you do not need much revision for subsequent subjects as the bulk of it has been done and you just need a bit of refreshing to do. This saves effort and causes less stress, resulting in better performance in exams!
#2 – Space Out your Studies
Do not do long hours of reading and memorising; this is simply tiring and inefficient. Try spacing out the studies in blocs. For example, if you have done a lot of reading for the history topic “World War II in Europe & The Asia-Pacific” in the first half of the morning, you may wish to take a small break and do source-based and essay questions on this topic after the break. In this way, you not only relieve yourself from cramming information into your brain, but also put the concepts into practice, thus learning more effectively.
#3 – Do Leave Time for Breaks
No one can do revision the whole day without any breaks. Your body requires some rest in between and at the end of the day. Plan for your meal, small breaks in between study blocs, exercises and most important of all, your sleep. Good meals provide fuel and nutrients for your body to carry on your revision (see our recipes here), while exercise not only keeps your body in good shape and condition, but also helps to release any stress and pressure that may build up during this time. The small breaks and a good night’s sleep allow your body to recuperate and prepare for more revision the next day. Do plan properly for these breaks and you can revise with better sustainability and efficiency.
So, with these strategies in mind, you can have a more efficient revision without the fear of burning out! In the long run, you can get more organised and work can be done more efficiently!