How is it that time already!! With a whirlwind new spec approaching the finish line, impending final exams and just not enough time to feel in control, it all feels a little too much!
I receive a lot of emails asking for advice and help with revision. In short there is no quick fix or easy answer. Revision is hard work and takes a long time. I often describe revising like going to the gym (it’s about as fun!!), you need to go to the gym consistently, regularly and with a healthy approach, in order to change your physical fitness. This is exactly the same for your brain, you need to revise regularly and consistently and follow a healthy approach – regular breaks, plenty of sleep, no distractions etc.
So here is some advice that might help:
What to revise?:
This might seem a really silly question but the answer of all 32 topics is just so daunting it needs to be broken down into more manageable chunks:
- Learning key words
- Answering short content based questions
- Planning potential essay answers (e.g. “An argument based on reason is more reliable than an argument based on senses.” Discuss or ‘Critically compare Plato’s Form of the Good and Aristotle’s Prime Mover’ or “Evolution logically explains design without the need of God.” Discuss)
- Making textbook/ wider reading notes
- Analyzing the spec requirements
These cover all the main elements needed. If students know their key words and spec requirements = C grade, if they can plan potential answers this will help ease the pressure off the exam and if they do a little wider reading this will support higher grades.
Where to start my revision?:
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