7 May 2024

Why You Need A Revision Timetable (With Free Download)

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Exam season is fast approaching.

Don’t panic or 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. Included in this marvellous guide is a template that is free for you to download. It’s like the free tea you get with your ASOS order.

But why should you consider following a timetable for revision in the first place? Carry on reading below to find out.

Revision Timetable Template

Click the button below to download your FREE revision timetable template.

This template will help you to create a detailed study plan for seven days.

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 Tom Holland poster, and stick this template high up on the wall.

Psst. You can print or download the template as many times as you want if you need it for longer.

Check out our Top 10 Revision Tips for more expert advice and revision techniques to help you prepare for exams. 

When exactly is exam season?

GCSE exams usually take place from early May and continue right on until late June.

This year, exams begin on Monday 6th May and finish on Friday 21st June.

A Levels also take place between May and June, this year beginning on Monday 13th May and finishing on Tuesday 25th June.

It’s always a good idea to check with your school when your particular exams are being held between that time (and adding the dates to your timetable!) BBC Bitesize also has links to various exam boards.

Why should YOU follow a revision timetable?


A timetable allows you to plan and manage the time you have before exams effectively. It helps break up your day into short slots, specifying time for studying. 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.

A revision timetable enables you to plan and manage your workload, ensuring you fit everything in without losing your mind. 


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 apprenticeshipdegree apprenticeship or university course, you can shape the timetable to concentrate on that subject and still leave time to work on your other exams.


Having a visual and well-thought-out plan for your day-to-day work will help you remain calm during the stressful revision period. 

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.

If you are feeling stressed about your exams and revision. Take breaks (we cover this more next), and talk to your friends and classmates. They’re also going through the same thing, and there’s strength in numbers.  

Need a little revision motivation? Here are some tips to help you

What should I include?


Include short breaks as part of your 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 your revision is more productive. 


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.


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 – are a simple but effective method of storing knowledge. 


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 analyses that you will need for a specific exam. You can bring these with you everywhere and test yourself for pure entertainment. 

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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 onto the wall. It looks magnificent. But it’s blank…

So, what now?

Netflix is not the answer. It is time to fill in your study plan. Here are some top tips for creating the best revision timetable the world has ever seen. 


This is crucial. Do not overestimate the amount of work you can get through in a day. Planning to do three past papers, write notes on the Battle of Waterloo and learn trigonometry all in an afternoon is wild!

You’ll end up doing one of two things – rushing through each topic and learning sweet nothing or finishing the day having only completed half the work you had originally planned to do.

Be realistic! Think! Design one that is practical, with enough time to give each topic comprehensive coverage.

Need a little more inspiration when it comes to revision planning? No problem. Here are 10 revision tips that are sure to put your mind at ease.


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.


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. There are ways to make them interesting, however! Memory games and group revision are really good ways.

​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. 


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 on 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.

Wishing you all the luck!