Follow these top tips to use your revision time wisely…
1. Create a timetable
Once you feel ready to begin revision, it is important to prepare a timetable. This should be broken down into sessions. Ensure it is realistic and that it covers all of the relevant syllabus areas in your exam.
This can be especially useful if you are studying more than one paper. It is common for students to focus on the paper that they prefer to study. Preparing a timetable can ensure that you give enough attention to each paper.
2. Do the right type of revision
As you know, revision is useful as it helps to improve your knowledge. However, it should also be used to improve your technique.
Most exams are time pressured. Therefore, you need to practise your ability to complete questions within the time that you will have in the exam. This is the best preparation you can do for the exams themselves.
3. Use all of your resources
Nowadays, most exams are software based. You must ensure you are familiar with this software before you go into the live exam. You have access to the software and past exams via your specific study resources.
Always look to stay in regular contact with your tutor. They are an invaluable resource that can help provide support, feedback and reassurance.
They can also help if you need any further guidance or if you feel a little lost during your revision.
4. Focus on quality, not quantity
One of the most common questions I get from students is ‘how long should I spend studying?’. Rather than worrying too much about the amount of time you dedicate to revision, you should look to ensure the time you do spend it productively.
For instance, three hours spent passively reading a textbook may not be as effective as two hours spent practising past exam questions in timed conditions.
5. Take time out
Always try to find the right balance, and don’t feel guilty if you are not dedicating all of your free time to revision. Professional qualifications are challenging and require lots of hard work. However, you must ensure that you take regular breaks and get appropriate rest. This will in turn ensure your revision is more productive.
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