Smart Revision for Reformed A levels

Smart Revision for Reformed A levels

Smart Revision for Reformed A levels

With most subjects now overhauled and exams taken at the end of the course there’s even more pressure on students to adopt effective revision tactics.

This summer sees the first new A level exams and the return of traditional three-hour papers in some subjects. They are designed to be tougher with less coursework and more demanding questions. The new A levels are not modular so it’s no longer possible to plan revision in bite sized chunks for each paper. The option to retake parts of the exam to boost the overall grade has been removed and students retaking in future will have to redo the complete A level.

George Burns joined Rochester Independent College to take A level courses in Mathematics, Economics, English Literature and Statistics. He was Head Chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and is applying to study Economics at university. George writes: “Many students will find the period leading up to exams are taken up by a composition of stress, procrastination and regret. There are ways to help solve these issues, hopefully making your exam period calmer as well as stopping August from feeling like an impending doom.

Revision techniques differ from person to person. For this reason it is best to avoid comparing time spent revising with friends (a subject which usually contains fictional figures). Just because your best friend thinks mind-maps are effective doesn’t mean you will too.

Many will feel they have not done enough during the final days leading up to the exam, leading to cramming and unnecessary stress. To alleviate this, preparing early on will allow you to feel comfortable and address the final touches such as exam technique.

So, instead of fighting a constant battle between Netflix and revision try to create a realistic timetable you can stick to. One way is to split an episode of your favourite box set into 15-minute segments and use them for small breaks for your work. The most important point of this timetable however is that the time you have allotted for revision is spent with full concentration on the work you are doing. It is more productive doing 3 hours of focussed revision than 8 of unproductive work with a phone and social media outlets in the background.

Another important factor to learn to manage is pressure from those around you. Challenging yourself can be positive. However parents, teachers or friends putting excess pressure on you can be negative. For this reason, do not allow pleasing others to be the main incentive of what you want to achieve.

Nerves before exams are almost inevitable, however if these tips are followed along with a healthy amount of food, water and sleep you should be able to avoid needless anxiety and stress”

Supplied by George Burns, A level student at Rochester Independent College

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