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5 Steps To Create An Effective Exam Revision Plan

Exams are approaching and you need to know how to revise for them? Don’t worry. We have 5 easy steps to create an effective revision plan that you can follow.

 With the help of these steps, you will be able to take on any problem or difficulty you might face.


Table Of Contents:

  • What Is Revision or Revise?
  • 5 Steps To Create An Effective Exam Revision Plan
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Conclusion

What Is Revision or Revise?

Revision is the process that comes after studying. When you study a subject, you learn it thoroughly and memorize it. However, since there are many subjects to be studied, sometimes the subjects you have already learnt you tend to forget.

That’s why revision is necessary for everyone. Even if you think you remember the subject you still need to revise it.

Revision doesn’t take as much time as when you start learning something for the first time because you have already learnt the matter and it is there somewhere inside your brain. You just need to refresh it so that it’s easy to access when you give your paper.

5 Steps To Create An Effective Exam Revision Plan

Step #1: Create A Time Table

When you start to make a time table you will have to keep in mind that you need to make it as detailed as possible. You will have to schedule a time for your studies, for breaks, for meals and so on.

When you are planning hours for a certain task you will have to give yourself enough time for it. For example, you cannot keep only half an hour for lunch. You will need it to be at least an hour.

Even if you don’t take that long to eat. Because you will have to take into account the time for your food to digest and a little break after that. You cannot go back to studying on a full stomach because then you will be sleepy and won’t feel like studying.

You need to make your timetable as realistic as possible. Don’t make a jam-packed schedule because then even you will get fed up and tired. It’s better to space out your tasks and complete them rather than keeping yourself on a tight schedule and following it.

Step #2: Make A List Of Your Subjects

What you are going to do is, make a list of the subjects you find most difficult to the ones you find easy. So, you could start with science or math whichever is tough for you.

After you are done with that you will have to put these subjects on your time table. Now when you do this, you will have to keep your exam time table in front of you.

Now this may seem a little weird but trust me I have a point. So, you start with your last paper. You put that subject first on the time table you have made. Then you put the second last paper, second in your time table and so on until your first exam paper is last on your revision time table.

You must be wondering why to start with the last paper instead of the first. This is because as the days pass and your exam comes closer, the paper you will be revising just before your exam will be your first exam paper.

Now the reason I told you to make a time table of the subjects you find most difficult is so that when you put it on the time table you will be able to give yourself enough time to revise it thoroughly.

Step #3: Allot Specific Number Of Hours For Each Subject

Most students think that just because they have to only revise a subject, they can get it done in an hour. But this is not the case.

You need to keep a specific number of hours for the subject you are going to revise. This will need to be done before hand and not when you sit down to revise.

To the subjects you feel are tougher than others you could allot maybe 2 or 3 hours or maybe even more if you feel it necessary.

The minimum time you should revise a subject should be an hour. You need at least an hour to revise a whole subject and recollect what you have already studied. 

Many times when we study, we remember the subject but just for that time. But we also need to remember it in our papers. That is why revising is very important. Many students take it lightly and end up forgetting things while giving their paper.

Never underestimate the power of a good revision session.

Step #4: Set A Goal For Each Revision Session

Setting goals are very important. If you want to achieve something you need to first have a goal and then work towards it.

This is the same case for each of your revision sessions. You need to make a plan. See what you want to achieve in every session. It could be to at least remember one chapter. Or want to finish 5 chapters in a specific amount of time.

If you do not have goals there will be no consistency in your revision method. You need to achieve your goals step by step. Stay organized and meticulous. This will really help you go ahead.

Also, setting goals for your revision sessions helps you know what you have completed and what you have left to do. It makes it easier for you to prepare for your exams.

Step #5: Make It Achievable

What most students do is when they dream or when they have a goal sometimes it turns out to be unrealistic. Like getting 100% in exams and what not.

Thinking from a practical point of view, we know this is impossible unless there is some mistake in the scoring system since examiners aren’t allowed to give full marks.

Dreaming about such things isn’t bad. But the problem comes up when the student does not achieve what they want. They get upset and de-motivated and are not able to do anything productive after that.

It is always better to have goals that can be achieved.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the most effective revision technique?

The most effective revision technique is reading and writing. The more you write what you already know the more practice you get for your paper. You get used to it and it becomes easier when you attempt your question paper.

2. How do you do a quick revision for an exam?

If you want to do a quick revision just before your exam you can simply read the chapters and refresh your memory. You can also use flow charts to help you remember.

3. How do you create an effective study timetable?

In step 1 I have given many tips on how to do so. Check it out and all your doubts will be cleared.

4. How do you do last-minute revision?

The fastest way to revise for an exam is by using diagrams, flow charts or mind maps. This is because you will be able to recollect your topics just by glancing at your sheets.

5. Are revision timetables effective?

Yes, revision time tables are very effective. In fact, that is the first thing you need to do before starting your revision. You need to be organized and a time table will help you.


Studying online courses and revising for exams are a tricky business but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you follow the 5 simple steps given above.

Just don’t panic if you haven’t completed your portion or are running behind. Take a deep breath, calm down and start your work.

Stay confident and stay motivated.

All the best.

About Sunil Yadav

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