Getting to grips with exam revision technique and devising a personal timetable is vital for any student to achieve the best results. What you include in your revision plan will depend on the time you have available and your own style and study habits.
You can find some useful online revision timetable tools such as Get Revising. Or create a pocket revision calendar with PocketMod. You can also use your online calendar on Office 365, whcih comes with your university email account, to plan and set reminders for revision periods (to access the calendar log in to your email, and click the ‘Calendar’ button in the left hand menu bar). Alternatively you can use Google Calendar.
Make a note of the following points when devising your timetable:
- When compiling a schedule try to be as realistic as possible. Produce a timetable that spreads the workload and identifies what and when you should be revising in each session.
- Make a list of the subjects that you need to revise for between now and your exams.
- Work out which subjects have the most content that needs to be revised.
- Concentrate on those specific topics or modules that you are weak at.
- Break down major revision subjects into smaller parts; this can make your revision more precise.
- Ensure that you allow time for rest and relaxation.
- Allow a day before the exam to review material, rather than continuing to try and cover new ground.
- Work out when you ‘study best’.
- Do not leave your most difficult or hardest subjects till the end of the day. Instead try to get these out of the way early on.
- After completing a revision period cross it off from your timetable. This will help instil a sense of accomplishment.
- At the end of each week assess your performance and change your plans accordingly.
- Consider using different coloured pens to highlight specific topics or rank subjects according to importance.
- Keep your timetable flexible and be ready to change if circumstances change.
- Try not to spend the whole day revising one subject.
- Most experts suggest studying in slots of forty minutes and then taking a break.
You many want to take a look at Leicester University’s multiple design revision timetables. Leeds University also have a demonstration of how to create your own timetable, taking into account the time you have left and your subject strengths and weaknesses.