Of course, our teachers encourage us to start revising the moment we begrudgingly walk back into school after the summer holidays. But we never listen, do we? Because all the time we could feasibly spend revising before crunch time is instead used up on parties, fun and – well – anything but studying.
If this is you, and you’ve found yourself in the position of having to study for all your A-levels in one month, don’t fret. With so little time left, you can still get a sizeable chunk done and even walk away with a good grade. So, where to start?
Step one: Prioritise
Everyone has strong subjects and weaker ones. If you’re terrible at maths and a star at English, come to terms with the fact that you’re going to have to spend more time revising maths. I know, it sucks, but this will make it a lot easier for you to map out what you need to learn, which will in turn increase your productivity – and help you keep track of what you’ve already mastered. The way you organise your study timetable will depend on a lot of things, so it’s up to you to sort that out, but there’s plenty of inspiration on the internet.
Step two: Go over the exam syllabus
Spend time on this, because it’s important. Go through the syllabus, sift through past papers and go on the most intense Google search of your life to find out which questions get asked most frequently. Once you have all this information, write it out into little cheat sheets so what you need to know is all in one place.
Step three: Use all the time you have
Don’t limit yourself to studying strictly by the timetable you have; go through flash cards in your spare time, listen to podcasts specific to your subject, and watch YouTube video explainers when you’re winding down at the end of the night. If you want to get really into things, put post-it notes up around your room and repeat them back to yourself when you can.
Step four: Actually do practice papers
I know. Practice papers suck, but you have to be sure you know how to apply all the information you’ve absorbed like the sponge you are. Time yourself when you do them, and go over what you get wrong. Do each one at least twice, and you’ll be flying.