FEATURED: CREATE YOURSELF DESIGN STATIONERY*
Exams for me are for the moment long gone, but it doesn’t stop me from starting to stress around this time of the year on behalf of the millions of people taking GCSE’s and A-levels. I have unfortunately learnt the hard way by not revising properly for some of my exams and it really does bite you in the bum when you get older. This post is to help you get organised for your exams so if your Mum tells you off for reading blogs instead of revising then this blog post is revision friendly!
Draw up a timetable and stick to it
In my life I’ve probably wasted a trees worth of paper just by re-doing timetables and schedules which I never ever sticked to. So make sure you draw yourself up a revision timetable, stick it on the wall and keep to it! You may not think it but if you do what you’re supposed to, then you won’t allow yourself to keeping revising the same old easy topic.
Get some fancy stationery and write to do lists
Stationery is such a must have when it comes to exam revision. Isn’t it so satisfying to open a new notebook or to do list? Or is that just me being a stationery addict? I’ve got this notebook and to do list from a cute little Etsy shop called Create Yourself Designs which does the job perfectly as well as making it a lot easier to get myself organised for things. To do lists are great for making you feel productive by allowing you to physically cross something off a list!
Get rid of any distractions
Distractions don’t just mean your phone and laptop, it means your boyfriend chilling out on the bed whilst you ‘write’ your notes, it means your Mum calling up to keep asking you to do the ironing – do you get my gist? Obviously I don’t mean get rid of your boyfriend and Mum, you could get into some slight trouble doing that.. I just mean that when it’s revision time, it’s kind of time to shut everyone out a bit, just for that 40 minutes or however long it may be.
You CANNOT multi-task, I promise you
I know you think you can do your maths revision whilst you’ve got Netflix on in the background but realistically, you can’t. Let’s be honest here! So just hold up on that series you wanna watch until you’ve done your revision for the day and then you can be fully absorbed in it.
Keep old revision
I made the mistake of chucking away all my revision after I’d done an exam in my A-levels, only to find out I needed to re-take the exam. I wasted so much time re-writing my notes so just keep your old revision until you’ve left school, trust me!
I think the structure of revision notes is one of the most important elements when it comes to exam revision. I have always structured my notes like this:
3 months until exam – write out long revision notes which are detailed
2 months until exam – condense revision to shorter sentences but still include all important details and start past papers and exam questions
1 month until exam – condense sentences to shorter bullet points and underline keywords, also doing past papers and exam questions
2 weeks until exam – transfer keywords and bullet points onto flashcards with questions which are likely to come up in exam, test your friends and get them to test you, re-do exam papers which you have already completed to track progress.
Look at the mark scheme
This is one of my biggest tips, especially to those who are doing exams where the papers each year pretty much include the same content (e.g. GCSE science papers). It will give you an idea of what exactly they’re looking for in each question so if you remember that then the next paper will be a breeze!
Start now, don’t cram
My Dad always advised me never to cram as that’s how he failed his exams all those years ago and it’s true. Start revision now, giving you plenty of time to revise everything you need to know, rather than picking up a book a few days prior to your exam and panic revising the topics you think will come up. Don’t panic revise in the morning of your exam either as your brain will focus on the new information coming in and not on the rest of it.
I hope these tips are helpful. They’re more realistic than encouraging you to revise for nine hours a day which let’s be honest, isn’t going to happen – unless you’re super keen of course!
What are your top tips for getting organised for exam revision?