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Revision Planning - IGCSE, Pre-U, A Level, Common Entrance, 13+,11+

The exam content may differ but the basic premise is the same; you study for a period of time, assemble the facts and techniques and attempt to distill your learning into a few short hours. One of the common consequences of this situation is a month of blind panic during which you know that you should be revising and can't think where to start. So here is an idea:

1; Acquire a copy of your syllabus

2; Go through the above, dividing content into three columns marked "confident I know this," "need to go over it," "not the faintest clue"

3; At this point, you will need to seek help with anything that falls into the latter category

4; For the remaining topics, start allocating revision time. Clearly, your focus is on updating your knowledge of the familiar but consecrating more time to the unfamiliar

5; Break down your time into realistic blocks (seriously, are you going to cane through a topic a night?) Factor in time-cushions for unexpected delays

6; Start each day with a recap of yesterday's learning. This could be an essay question, a quick summary or a concept map.

7; Get on with it!

Alternatively, come to a Brandon Learning Centre revision course... !

Let me know if you would like ideas for any aspects of revision or study skills.


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The maths section in particular can present problems as students try to extract the problem from the test.

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Give you child a sheet of word-based maths problems (e.g. three boys bought a six litre bottle of orange squash which they divided equally amongst them, how much did each boy receive?) and ask your child to write out the resultant sum.

As your child becomes faster, increase the complexity of the arithmatic.

Include: fractions, percentages, measurements.

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