How to make your own revision timetable

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How to make your own revision timetable
A revision timetable breaks down subjects into manageable chunks. (hour image by Mykola Velychko from

If you have exams coming up, organise your study time with a revision timetable. Whether you plan to start studying six months or six hours in advance, a revision timetable will allow you to map out your study time effectively. Use it as a tool for planning ahead and tracking your progress.

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    Draw out your timetable. This can be structured by day, week or month and can include specific subjects and dates. You can hand-draw your timetable on a sheet of paper or card stock, or you can use a computer spreadsheet. Alternatively, download a blank timetable (see Resources).

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    Fill in any important times and dates. These will include any school revision sessions and the dates of your exam(s). Also include any regular commitments you have, such as part-time work or an upcoming family celebration. Any definite times when you will not be able to revise should be noted.

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    Decide how much time you want to dedicate to revision and add to the timetable. Consider your best time for revision, such as early morning or evening, and allow time for short breaks. Be realistic with your revision periods and don't overwork yourself.

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    Allocate subjects to your revision periods. Start with all the subjects you need to study and then break it down into topics. It may help to allocate more time to weaker subjects and less time to your stronger areas.

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    Finish your timetable. Display it somewhere prominent or carry it around with you. Remember that your timetable will work only if you stick to it.

Tips and warnings

  • Update your timetable with new commitments when they come up.
  • Vary your revision subjects to keep yourself interested and motivated.
  • Don't spend too much time designing your timetable; concentrate on your revision.

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