Revision Timetable: Download Your Free Template
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Your exams are approaching.
It's panic stations - even just the thought of the exam hall makes you consider going on the run.
Do not go on the run. Running is tiring, and there parts of the UK that are are cold and hilly. Read this instead.
This, in case you were wondering (and if the title didn't give it away), is a guide to producing a revision timetable.
It gets even more exciting.
Included in this marvellous guide is a template that is free for you to download. It's like the free toy you get with a Happy Meal.
But why should you consider following a timetable for revision in the first place? Carry on reading below to find out.
REVISION TIMETABLE TEMPLATE
Punch the button below to download your FREE revision timetable template.
This template will help you to create a detailed study plan for seven days, however, you can print or download the template again to extend the timetable.
Print off the template once you have finished the download. Scale it up to A3, or even A2 size so that you have a large surface to work from. A larger surface will enable you to add additional notes or comments to the plan. Then, take down your Toy Story poster, and stick this template high up on to the wall.
You are ready.
Check out our Top 10 Revision Tips for more expert advice and revision techniques to help you prepare for exams.
Why should YOU follow a revision timetable?
1. MANAGE YOUR TIME
A timetable breaks up your day into short slots, specifying time for studying, and assigning times for different topics. It allows you to plan and manage the time you have before exams effectively. This, coupled with a study planner, will revolutionise your revision time.
If you are doing your GCSEs, you may have to revise for ten different subjects at once! If you're facing A level exams, you will focus on fewer subjects, but cover each in greater depth. Revising for so many different subjects and for different exams can be disconcerting, frightening even.
'How do I fit all those topics in?' You sob.
2. PRIORITISE TASKS
You can use a timetable to prioritise certain topics. If, for example, you are an absolute whizz at Maths but your Chemistry needs a bit of work, you can design the timetable to focus on the sciences.
If you need a high grade in a particular subject to get onto an apprenticeship, degree apprenticeship or university course, you can shape the timetable to concentrate on that subject, and still leave time to work on your other exams.
3. STAY CALM
Having a visual and well-thought-out plan of your day-to-day work will help you remain calm during the stressful revision period.
Stress is like leprosy, it can do awful things to a person. Anxiety about exams is also normal, but can get in the way of preparing for them.
A timetable will let you know what you should be working on that day, the next day and the day after that. There is no need to go loopy when you have a clear and detailed plan to guide you through your exams.
What should I include?
1. REGULAR BREAKS
Include short breaks as part of you study plan. The free template (which you should have already downloaded) includes 20 minute intervals throughout the day. A short break is enough time for a cup of tea, a slice of lemon drizzle cake and a moment to refresh your mind before you return to the books.
If you work continuously for six hours without rest, you are likely to lose focus, get bored and procrastinate. A short break in between different topics will ensure you revision is more productive.
2. PAST PAPERS
Past papers are an essential part of revision. Answering test questions under time constraints and exam conditions is the best way of preparing for an upcoming exam.
Factor in time to complete past papers and exam questions as part of your revision plan. It's a great way of discovering if what you have learned is sticking, or if you need to repeat a topic.
3. REGULAR REFRESHERS
Leave gaps in your timetable to go over any topics that need further coverage.
Regular refreshers on subjects you are struggling with - and even subjects you are confident about - is a simple, but effective method of storing knowledge.
4. SUMMARY NOTES
The template also includes a slot at the end of each day to make summary notes. You should take time out after you have revised to make summarised notes of what you have covered. Write them on a flash card or a small bit of paper.
These notes should be concise, (perhaps in bullet point form) and focus on key facts, formulas, dates or analysis that you will need for a specific exam. You can bring these with you everywhere, and test yourself for the pure entertainment.
What makes a good revision plan?
You've downloaded the template, printed it on A3 using your giant printer, found some blu-tack and stuck it on to the wall. It's looks magnificent. Friends and distant family visit to see it for their own eyes. They love it.
After a while, your friends, neighbours and distant relatives go home, and you are left alone with your blank revision plan.
'What do I do now?' You cry.
Netflix is not the answer. It is time to fill in your study plan. Here are some top tips to creating the best revision timetable the world has ever seen.
1. BE REALISTIC
This is crucial. Do not overestimate the amount of work you can get through in a day. Planning to do three past papers, notes on the Battle of Waterloo and learn trigonometry all in an afternoon is crazy!
A madman like this will end up doing one of two things - rushing through each topic and learning sweet nothing, or finish the day having only completed half the work they had originally planned to do.
Be realistic! Think! Design one that is practical, with enough time to give each topic comprehensive coverage.
2. BE DETAILED
You want to be able to look at your study plan, and know exactly what topics you will be covering that day.
Imagine the situation... you wake up on a Wednesday morning, polish off two bowls of Weetos, and trot over to your revision timetable, displayed proudly on your bedroom wall - Biology it reads.
Biology? What module? What topic? When is the exam? What pages in the textbook should I cover?
This confusion wastes time, and will mess up the study plan you have devised. Ensure your revision timetable has all the information you need to get on with your work.
3. BE DILIGENT
It's obvious. There is little sense in putting together the best revision timetable the world has ever seen if you're not going to work.
Be honest - revision isn't fun. It isn't supposed to be fun. Bouncy castles are fun - but bouncy castles will not prepare you for your exams, or help you along the way to a career. Unless of course, you become a bouncy castle operator.
Be diligent and put the hours in. You may not realise the impact of your hard work until results day, but by that time, revision will be a distant memory.
4. BE FLEXIBLE... BUT STICK TO THE PLAN
On appearance, these two statements contradict each other. How awkward. Do not be fooled though, this tip is a hot one.
It is essential that you stick with your revision timetable. Follow it closely to ensure that you stay on task, and do not miss out any topics that could potentially come up in an exam.
Follow it closely, and your work will go smoothly. You will walk into the exam hall with confidence, and a solid base of revision behind you.
Follow your timetable closely... but do not treat it as law. If you think a certain topic needs more coverage, or you have scheduled a topic you're already feeling confident about, change it! If the study plan needs changing or updating, do not hesitate.
Your revision timetable should be flexible to best prepare you for imminent exams.