As easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…
Simple things are the best! And this is certainly simple. This straight forward approach to revision and study will keep you on track, motivated and stress free.
You don’t need our products to do this (although they will get you up and running quickly).
STEP ONE: BE READY
Sounds obvious. But vital!
Remove all the distractions – sharpen your pencils, straighten up the piles of paper – and make sure that you have everything you need to make notes. Gather whatever study aids and books you will use and get them in order.
Make sure you have your backlog of units. This is your master to do list of everything you need to study to be exam ready. Break your topics and subjects into tasks that should last for about 45-50 minutes.
STEP TWO: PREPARE THE BOARD
Taking a week by week view allows for flexibility and stops the approach becoming stale.
Start by blocking out the time that you can’t do. Most obviously your school day. But also any out of school activities, like sports or music practice. Block them all out.
And be realistic.
At the weekend you might like a lie in. Or you want to hang out with mates on a Friday night. Make sure that you get a good balance between work and play. And if ‘play’ involves some kind of exercise and fresh air, all the better.
Your schedule has to be something that you can follow.
STEP THREE: ALLOCATE THE UNITS
What are you going to study and when?
Now you know what time you have available, you simply allocate units from your backlog to those free times.
Don’t go crazy. Make it achievable and build in breaks.
Make sure you have a good spread of subjects. However there may be times that you over index on one subject, if you have a test or similar. We colour code our subject sets so, with a quick glance, you should tell if you’re avoiding a subject.
You could also use your Digital Tracker here to see if there are particular subjects you need to work on.
It’s important not to move units on the fly. The flexibility comes week to week, buyt once you’ve set your plan don’t amend it.
STEP FOUR: REVIEW
The Weekly Review And Plan session is key.
At the end of the week look back on how things have gone. And celebrate progress!
Start with the retrospective. How has last week been? Move the units you’ve completed to the done pile. Anything you’ve not yet finished with goes back to the backlog.
This isn’t a judgement thing. You know how well it went.
It’s also an opportunity to have a think about what you’ve learnt about the process and adapt it. Maybe Mondays aren’t a productive day, if so, block out those. If you find out that need music to work to, make your playlists in advance.
Use your Digital Tracker to keep on top of progress.
STEP FIVE: DO IT ALL AGAIN
Don’t stop now!
Great news! You’re making progress!
Even if you haven’t burnt through as much as you’d have liked you will have learnt more about how you study. That in itself is really important. Revision, like so much else in life, is a process. The more you practice and refine, the better you’ll be at it!
Each exam board’s specifications have been broken down for you. These sets will make sure that you cover the content to be exam ready. We also cover Level 1 & 2 certificates too.
Given the strange times we’re in, we have adapted our planning tools to help families with younger learners. We have sets created for primary and secondary aged students which can be adapted to your child’s taste!
To help keep student’s on track for their transistion to senior school, we have created a set especially to follow the SATs curriculum. This covers the topics in KS2 assessments in English and Maths.
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