Making the most of Revision


256px-Pen_balletHopefully you have stuck (more or less) to your schedule and completed all the course lessons, allowing you plenty of time to revise. If you are a bit rushed, then just make the most of what you have available – all revision is beneficial!

I would divide up your revision into three sections: subject content; practice questions and mock exams; follow up subject content again.

Revising the subject content of your course can easily take up more time than you have available, so be strict with yourself. Decide exactly how long you can afford to spend on this – perhaps half your available time. Write down the names of each topic or module for your subject either using your specification or your course folder. And again, work out how much time you can spend making notes for each one. Using the statements in your specification as a guide, write brief summaries from your course folder and textbook for each topic or module. Some people like using bullet points for this, others like spider diagrams; there is no right or wrong way, do what feels best for you. A selection of coloured pens can be a great help in making your revision notes memorable.

Once you have been through the course with the specification as a guide you are ready to try some exam questions.  You can download past papers and mark schemes from the website for your exam board. If you have time, you can start by doing questions with your revision notes to help you. As you get more confident you can try the questions without your notes, and then start to do them under timed conditions. This is how you should attempt the mock exams – the last TMAs that you send to your tutor (see previous blog). Take particular note of the mark scheme for each question and make sure you are clear exactly what is required for the marks.

Finally, you should allow time to follow up any areas in the specification that you are uncertain about. You will be well aware of these now that you have tried plenty of past paper questions. For any parts where you need to learn lots of pieces of information, you should test yourself over and over again until you are perfect.

Your tutor is on hand to advise you along the way – talk to them if you need help with any aspect of revision. Make sure you make contact with them as soon as you find an area that you haven’t understood so that they can help to make things crystal clear.

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