Week 1 – Subject Notes
Making notes is an initial part of the preparation for higher order revision. Aim to have them completed by Easter so that you can then focus on revision.
- Remember to continuously make notes for each subject
- Condense your notes using trigger words
- Make sure you link each point to the exam specification
- Scan previous notes regularly to build your knowledge over the coming weeks and months
Week 2 – Goals
Having a goal in mind can help you focus your revision, where are you now and what grade do you want to achieve? Work out what you need to do to get there, what resources you need and who can help you.
- Make sure you know what your goal What grades and percentages are you striving for in the exams?
- Make it clear, write them down and put them on the wall near where you study.
- Whenever you sit down to make notes, make Mind Maps or answer an exam question; be aware of your goal!
Week 3 – Practice Papers
Don’t put off revision! Start as soon as possible, little and often is far more effective when building real understanding than long stretches right before an exam. Be tough with yourself, the struggle will improve your learning.
- Start using practice papers, don’t wait until your notes are perfect!
- If you feel that you are not quite ready for exam conditions, use your notes at first to get the questions right, practise the skill.
- Gradually remove the notes so that you are attempting questions without the crutch.
- If you still need notes, only use them after you have attempted the question, use a different colour and work out how to remember the missing parts.
Week 4 – Effective Use of Holidays
As you prepare yourself for the half term holiday, think about what you want to be better at when you return.
- Rest is important, exercise is important, study is also important.
- Make sure that you have programed study time, a past paper or a specific section of notes that you will do for each subject.
- Take the opportunity to identify areas where you need clarification, then ask your teacher for help when you return.
Week 5 – Building your Memory
As you get closer to the exams you will begin to think about memorising dates, key terms definitions and formulae so that you can access them readily in the exam. Decide what these are and over the next month or so, build up your memory.
- One of the ways to put information into your long term memory is to use repetition, but space the practice.
- ·Memorise the ideas, then return to them the next day, then skip a day, a week and then a couple of weeks.
Week 6 – Be Task Orientated
- Have a list of what you want to achieve in the revision time you have organised.
- Think about how you will know that you have completed this revision? (it may be by answering a specific question from a paper).
Week 7 – Revision Checklist
How prepared will you be when you walk into your first exam? Below is a revision checklist with questions you might ask yourself before an exam. How many of the following do you answer with yes? Are there ways which you could change your habits NOW so that you will be able to say yes more?
- Did you print out the specification and use it to guide your revision?
- Did you make a serious effort to understand the material?
- Did you participate actively in class discussions, contributing ideas and asking questions?
- Did you ask for help when you were stuck with something?
- Did you understand all of the solutions?
- Did you use the study guide?
- Did you attend revision sessions?
- Did you do enough practice papers?
- Did you get a good night’s rest?
Week 8 – Interleaving
It has been shown that interleaving your revision between more difficult material and easier material can help your brain work out the more difficult ideas.
- Try beginning a test on a challenging question, take it as far as you can then switch to a question you find easier.
- Your brain will continue to work on the more challenging problem while you are focused elsewhere.