If you’re on study leave from Uni or College it can be incredibly difficult to manage your own time. There’s nobody telling you what you should be doing, or how long you should be spending on revision, so you’ve got to figure it all out for yourself…while somehow managing to stay motivated for weeks on end too! I’m not going to lie, the next few weeks will be difficult but if you manage your time wisely you will be fine.
There are a number of different ways to create a study timetable, depending on what works best for you.
First, you need to figure out how much time you should be spending on each topic. Although I would like to say that I’ve come up with a great way to do this, I must admit that Rachael from Joined Up Writing seems to have it all figured out. In her 5 Day Exam Success Challenge she provided readers with a Revision Plan Subject Assessment, which you can find here.
This is a great way to get started, and once you’ve figured out which areas you need to prioritise all that’s left to do is factor this into a study timetable.
You could do it online, using a site like GetRevising, or of course you could do it with your own two hands. It’s completely up to you!
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Note down any examination dates in advance, so you’re absolutely sure of how much time you have to spare.
- Block out any areas of time when you know you can’t revise – whether that’s because you’re working, on a trip away, or anything else that you can’t miss.
- Then, using your Subject Assessment start filling in your timetable, prioritising the areas that have a higher score and allowing extra time for revision.
But, how much time should I actually be spending revising?
Well, I would suggest at least 2-3 hours per day, but the more focused your revision is the less time you need to spend doing it.
There are a number of different revision techniques that are available to you, so it’s important to try them out and see what works best for you. Here are a few suggestions:
- Pomodoro Technique – This consist of 4 x 25 minute sessions, with 5 minute breaks in between and a longer, 20 minute break at the end. If you want to find out more about this, just click here.
- The Power Hour – This simply involves spending one hour of the day doing that task you’ve been putting off. Whether that means getting up an hour earlier, or switching your phone off to avoid distractions, this will be a very productive hour. Of course, I would suggest using other revision techniques alongside this, but it’s a great way to start that essay you’ve been neglecting, or create that study plan!
- Getting Things Done – Although this doesn’t apply directly to revision, it’s a great technique to free your mind of chaos and to help you focus. Click here to find out more.
So, what are you waiting for? Choose a technique, or a variation of techniques, and create your revision timetable. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling a lot more relaxed and confident about your exams!
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