Learning how to write a revision timetable will improve your chances of passing your Level 2 or Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology exam with confidence. Whether you are naturally organized, or not, a timetable will help you stay on track and take consistent action in your revision.
However, most trainee FITPROs create ineffective revision timetables, and the process becomes more of a distraction than a benefit. In today’s video, I will share 7 rules to write a Revision Timetable that is effective and will guide you towards a pass on exam day.
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7 Rules To Write a Revision Timetable
There are 7 rules to writing an effective and sustainable Revision Timetable; all you need to do is follow these rules and you can get organized and pass your exam with confidence.
Don’t Spend Hours Making It Look Pretty
Often the notion of writing a revision timetable invites the need to make it look pretty and perfect. The post-it notes, highlighter pens, and gel pens come out.
The problem with this is not just that it takes a while to put together a timetable that is perfectly pretty. The main problem is that life is rarely perfect, and your timetable should reflect the fluidity that life brings,
You should use a format that allows you to make changes, cross things out and move revision sessions around.
Be Specific On Topics
The content you cover in each revision session should relate to the exam and assessment. In order to keep this on track make sure each revision slot has a clear topic and objective.
Rather than a statement of “I’ll do 30 mins today” you should:
- state the time you will study (aka. 8am-9am),
- the topic (aka the heart)
- and the objective of that session (watch the video and take notes)
For example, your revision slot may highlight “I have 60 mins to revise and will watch this 50 min video on the heart and circulatory system”
Or “I have 10 mins at lunch to learn the Quadriceps muscle origin and insertions”
The idea is that it is clear, focused, and specific to the exam content
Make Timeslots Small and Scheduled
An effective revision timetable is one that you stick to and is sustainable.
This is easiest if you use small and scheduled revision sessions, which will help keep your concentration high and allow you to focus throughout your revision session.
Having a scheduled session at a specific time and day, means you get it done, rather than
Allow For Breaks
Breaks allow you to process the information and commit it to your long-term memory. This is much like the process of moving data from a USB memory stick to the hard drive on your computer. The USB memory stick is your short-term memory, and the Hard Drive is your long-term memory.
When you rest, recover, sleep and take breaks you are helping information move from the short term to long term memory.
Breaks also help with concentration and focus by leaving all of your “distracting” tasks to the break time.
This means that any distracting tasks, like scrolling through social media or making a cup of tea, are done in the rest time rather than in your revision time.
For example, you could work for 25 mins and then rest for 5 mins. This is called the Pomodoro technique
Life Isn’t Perfect – plan for a contingency
You may create the best revision timetable in the world, but it will rarely be perfect… because life rarely is.
it is likely that there will be times when it doesn’t go to plan, maybe the kids are off school, or a meeting runs over. Before you know it, your revision time gets sacrificed to deal with other factors in your life.
Most barriers and obstacles can be foreseen, so set yourself a contingency within your timetable, that allows for a bonus revision session later in the week… or a commitment stating when you will do the revision if it cannot happen at the planned time.
Map out the content you need to learn first
What you are learning needs to help you pass your exam. At the end of the day, that’s why you are revising.
SO before you set time aside to revise, make sure you know WHAT to revise.
Look at the exam syllabus and then ensure all of the content you need (and the depth of detail) is accounted for before exam day.
Our Revision Bootcamp does this for you so you know that all the content you are learning is relevant to your exam level and subject.
Use a Mix of Learning Styles and use NET time
Using the same learning method can be boring and make it unnecessarily difficult and tedious. Instead of relying just on reading, mix it up with video, audio, and mock questions.
This keeps your revision sessions more interesting and allows for repetition in different modes, which will help you learn the same content in a different way … making your revision three dimensional
You can also use audio as a great way to learn whilst doing other tasks, making the most of your NET (No Extra Time) time. For example, download your Revision Bootcamp tutorials to MP3 and listen when driving to work or walking the dog.
This is great for repetition and allows you to add extra revision sessions even when you didn’t think you had time.
Use our 4 and 8 week Revision Timetables…
Rather than writing your own timetable, and researching what you need to revise, we’ve done it for you inside our Revision Mastery Bootcamps. You can download a 4 and 8-week revision timetable to help you stay on track.
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