Everyone tells you that you need to make a revision timetable, but people rarely tell you why you need one. I’m here to change that; here are the 5 main reasons why you should definitely make (and use) a revision timetable.
Reason #1: Clarity
A revision timetable (if designed correctly) shows you what you should be doing on every single day before your exams. This means you can start a study session right away, before wasting valuable time to flip through the pages of your textbook, looking for a topic you could revise.
Reason #2: Accountability
A revision timetable can keep you accountable, as you pre-commit to set deadlines. These deadlines can create pressure to start working now; hence, you may not be able to meet all the other mini-deadlines on your schedule, if you don’t do anything today.
On the other hand, not having a due date for every aspect of your syllabus can encourage you to say Oh, I’ll do that tomorrow and when tomorrow comes you say the same phrase again.
Remember Parkinson’s Law:
“Work expands to fill the time you a lot for it”
No deadline means that your work expands until shortly before your exams (depending on how much you procrastinate).
Reason #3: Security
The hap-hazard method of flipping through your textbook or randomly choosing a topic you’ll study from the table of contents won’t ensure that you’re well prepared before your exams.
That’s where the magic of a study schedule comes in. By pre-planning what to do and when to do it, you can see on your calendar how much work you will be able to complete before your exams. You can later make changes in your plan based on your weaknesses and strengths. Even if you don’t finish everything, you’ll always be more prepared than the people who go Whoops, I didn’t even realise that we had to know this after an exam.
Reason #4: Productivity
How much time could you save, if you knew what to do and actually followed through?
By getting your time management sorted out early on, you can focus on studying effectively, rather than revising and trying to create a revision timetable simultaneously.
But our brain is not adapted to complete two tasks at once, which is why multi-tasking is so ineffective.
Don’t believe me?
Trust Dave Crenshaw, a business and time management expert, who invites you to test your multi-tasking abilities.
Reason #5: Less stress
If you’re aware of all the upcoming exams, class tests, and other assignments, you won’t have a nasty shock the day before your IGCSE’s or before that research project is due for chemistry.
You won’t have to cram late at night, force-feeding your mind with lots of information while all you want is a good night’s sleep.
PS: If you need some help with your planning, please refer to my tutorial: how to create a revision timetable in under 20 minutes.