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My Tutor Tip 7: Creating a Revision List

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Exam Technique: Preparation and How to Revise

Sometimes actually creating a topic revision list can be more daunting than actually the process of revision.  It is important to have a good grasp of what you need to revise as well as how to revise and sometimes this is overlooked.  For how to revise see my blog posts on revision techniques part 1 and part 2.  This blog post is going to concentrate on the what of revision!
  1. Ask your teacher for a list

Such a simple step yet sometimes overlooked.  A teacher should have a brilliant grasp of the subjects you need to know and they may have even produced a list themselves when creating their lesson plans.  Also the list of topics they could give you may also help your classmates so the teacher may be more than happy to produce a topic list is you ask.

A word of warning though you cannot solely rely on this and have the attitude that the teacher didn't tell me it was going to be on the exam so I haven't learned it.  You need to be a self-sufficient learner.  Teachers can only teach so much in the time allotted and will often focus on the class needs rather than one person's individual needs.

I would also ask your teacher for a list fairly early on.  This has some benefits.  The first is you will have plenty of time to build and put your revision timetable into practise.  Secondly you could even get ahead of your class and thirdly this can encourage a deeper foundation of learning so you will be more familiar with the topic areas.
  1. Ask your tutor for a list

Another person who can help you is your tutor.  A good tutor should have a solid understanding of National Curriculums and exam topics.  You could even show them the list the teacher has given you and ask them to add to the list. 

Often tutors are more willing to support you on a one-to-one basis so they will be able to identify where you need the practise.

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  1. Look at your textbooks

4 Subject Textbooks
It goes without saying that you should have the official text book for the exam you are sitting.  For example, if it is GCSE you may want Edexcel's textbooks.  This is because these textbooks often go through in-depth with topics that could be on your exam.  They also have lots of examples including worked examples for you to look at.  It will also help you identify areas that you get stuck on and you can even ask your tutor for extra support in these areas.

Please note I wrote textbooks (plural) not textbook.  You want to read around the subject.  Firstly, this can give you a deeper understanding and secondly some textbooks may include topics that other textbooks do not.

  1. Look at past papers

Someone Sitting an ExamLooking at past papers can often help you identify some of the areas you know and some of the areas you   It also provides you with worked examples so you are applying your knowledge base to your revision.  It also gives you an opportunity to practice exam technique (see my tutor tip 1 blog post).
don't know so you can know where to brush up.

Practising under timed conditions can also help you see the topics you are finding trickier because you are having to think harder about these questions.

With papers, particularly for GCSE and SATs, I would try to practice all the papers available to you including with the exam board, general and past papers.  Tutors and teachers can often supply an ample amount of question material.
  1. Look at the syllabus

Another place to go is back to the syllabus as often the topics are outlined here.  The teachers and tutors use this material when choosing exam board and to help them create lessons for their students.  Syllabi can be found usually on the internet.
  1. Go on the web

Today there is a wealth of information (often free) on the internet.  Somebody somewhere probably has the same question as you when it comes to what are the revision topics so why not Google it.


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