Planning and Managing your Revision - Francis (BSc Business Administration and International Relations)
I just have a little time table. I try to plan, if I’ve got, say 4 exams, I look at 4 exams and say, ‘Ok, I’ve got 4 weeks to revise for them’, and then I have to allocate time for them. So, some people may use a paper diary, use their phones, or use their computers or something. But it’s always good to have a plan and stick to it. I give myself some time to really just relax, and I learned that only when I got to uni, because A Levels, I was thinking, ok, you can do all this work, and you can forget about breaks, so my time management was rubbish. And then I realised that you need your breaks and that you have to be realistic. You can’t work for 6 hours straight, and be productive. Say, do 2 hours here, and then 3 hours there, and then break, then start again. But, when it comes closer to the exam, I start just going over everything. I just have a whole picture of what I have been learning. The more time you have obviously, the more easier it is going to be, obviously, to remember everything you need to understand. Then, the night before the exam, or say, 2 nights before the exam, I start adjusting my body clock, to make sure that I can wake up at the right time that I want to. Because most students are going to find that they stay up really late. Maybe it's because they are staying up because they are partying, or maybe they are staying up because they are watching films late, or maybe they have messed up patterns which means they study over night, I have been there. But a few days before the exam, I usually adjust my clock, my body clock, so that I’m used to the 8 o’clock wake up, so that I am good for the 9.30am exam. I usually wake up well before the exam, maybe 2 hours before, so that I can take a moment to just get the last bits in. I find actually that it’s the last parts that I revise that stay in my head, and when I get to the exam, they are usually the first things that I write in the plan, or maybe in the main body actually of the essay answer.
Managing your Revision
First thing is to plan. Because, I think that most stress comes from feeling as though you have got a little time. But if you can see your time, exactly what you do have, then you can say, ok, so to stop stressing myself, maybe I could put more hours into that section. And maybe cut that break down from 3 hours, maybe into 2 hours. So, if you time manage it, then you start relaxing. I think it helps to actually have a good plan and to stick to it. And say, that’s what I need to be doing right now. So, you could be out with your friends, maybe in a restaurant or something with your friends, and you could know, that you have 3 hours or so to be there, and then, at 7 o’clock, or say 9 o’clock, you know that you need to be in your home, starting to work. And maybe 11 o’clock, you are going to bed. So having a set time table really works during revision.