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Revision planning

Choosing what to revise

There is not an exact answer to this question. It will depend on your subject, type of exam and how much time you have to revise. Here is some guidance you might consider:

  • How many topics are usually covered in the exam and what can you realistically revise in that time
  • If you have a choice in what to revise, identify the topics you have understood the most
  • Look over topics you have covered in more depth, e.g. as part of an assessment
  • Are there any topics you are less sure of? If you are short of time you may decide to not prioritise revision in this area
  • Identify and revise any key concepts/equations/theories
  • Identify and revise examples, authors, research, evidence that you can then recall in your exam to gain the most marks
  • University of Leeds past examination papers
    Looking at exam papers from previous years for your course can give you some indication of what to expect. However, courses do change, so it's worth asking whether the format or content is the same.

Planning your revision timetable

Making a realistic timetable and managing your time for revision is crucial to exam success. You may want to study as much as possible in the weeks leading up to your exams, but if you try cramming too many study hours into the day, you will struggle to maintain focus.

  • Planning your revision timetable (video)
    Watch how to create a revision timetable, taking into account the time you have left, and your subject strengths and weaknesses. See a scenario of planning for three examinations happening in one week.
  • Blank revision timetable (PDF)
    Use this template to plan your revision as suggested in the video above.