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How to Create a Revision Timetable That Actually Works

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It’s April, which is great because it means that A) summer is almost here and B) it’s not here yet, meaning we can still dream that summer 2017 will not be a rain-soaked letdown like all the other summers before it. We’re at the perfect point between hope and expectation.

However, if you’re in any sort of formal education, April also means other things like C) exams are looming and D) you should probably maybe definitely start thinking about revision. We have, and we don’t even have to revise! (Sorry). Last week, we posted a blog designed to help you with revision and not totally lose it. Because helping you succeed at academia and not totally losing it is a good thing, we thought we’d turn our Ummahsonic revision tips into a bit of a series.

This week, we’re going to help you construct a revision timetable that actually works. Or works better than nothing at all. Here’s how…

Straight Facts My Guy

Before you open your diary, Excel spreadsheet, or unfold the napkin you plan to scribble ‘WHY ME?’ on, get your facts straight. Find out how many exams you have, when you have them, what kind of exams they’ll be and how long you have until exams start. Once you’ve ascertained all of this, begin construction.

Write it Down

Like physically draw up a timetable. Do it online, on paper, on parchment, whatever. Schedules are far less likely to change at the last minute if they don’t only exist in your brain.

Get Your Priorities Straight

Here’s a simple thing: the worse you are at a subject, the more you should revise it. If you’re essentially a walking calculator who’s aced every mock test put in front of your numerically-minded head, you probably won’t need to dedicate the most revision time to Maths.

However, if you can’t like, we dunno, spell, it’s probably best to dedicate several dozen hours to your English paper. Your timetable should reflect this. Spend more time on the subjects that need more revision, but don’t neglect the subjects you feel more comfortable with. If you start early enough you can fit them all in.

How?

Do whatever works for you. Sorry, that’s a huge cop-out given the name of this article, but as soon as we start saying ‘revise for two hours each weekday morning’ you’re gonna bail to a more entertaining post. Having said that, most websites/people/us do recommend working in the morning. If you can set aside a revision slot before lunch every weekday during school holidays, you may find that you’ve covered a lot once those holidays are over.

Plus you get afternoons and weekends off, which is fun.

Stay Refreshed

Not as in, drink water (which you should), but as in don’t cover a subject once then never look at it again. If you start early enough, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re revising, say, two subjects every morning in the holidays before exams you’ll be looping back through them in no time.

Stay Flexible

Sorry to get all Rom-Com, but at some point during your revision that little thing called life will get in the way. It may be a friend’s party or a family event. Perhaps you’ll get sick or even feel a little exhausted because of Ramadan (more on that later in the series). This is all fine. Even if you do three days out of the week instead of five, or spend two hours on one module instead of three, that’s still pretty good.

Check Your Timetable

Remember when we said you should physically write your timetable down? Good, because if you do that it means you can physically check off subjects you’ve revised, or make notes about stuff that you still need to brush up. Seeing this in front of your eyes will spell one thing: progress.

And progress shows that you’re on your way to achieving your goals.

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