59 Day Revision Plan: How I'd Revise if I Was in Year 11 (& how I did 20 yrs ago)
hello everybody welcome to this video today i want to talk to you about how to
reviseand on screen you can see a couple of my gcse certificates from 20
years ago when i sat my own gcse exams now i just want to say i was a c grade student i was predicted c's and b's i didn't work very hard at school but in the end i achieved nine a's a b and a c that pesky french giving me that c grade and the approach that i took is the approach i still recommend to students today it's what i'm going to go through in this video of course things are slightly different today because we now have the internet we didn't have the internet 20
years ago and so i had to
reviseout of books and that kind of thing but what i want to talk to you about today's video is my recommended approach to
revisionand it really is just my recommended approach okay so you know if you might not think it fits for you you might think you want to do more you want to do less you want to do it in a different way that's fine but i just want to get you thinking about
revisionand i want to encourage you that wherever you are right now 59 days out from the first exam whatever your predicted grades are whatever you've done in school up until this point you can turn it around in the next couple of months isn't that encouraging you can completely change things in the next couple of months so let me talk you through some ideas the exams then on the 22nd and 25th of may for aqa english...
literature paper 102 5th of june 8th of june for english language paper 1 and paper 2 which means that your first examination as of the day of this video is 59 days away and i think it's time to start revising if you haven't done so already now 59 days of hard
revisioncould leave you burnt out and absolutely exhausted by the time you get to your exams so you have to be careful you have to monitor how you're doing you have to monitor your health if you're getting run down if you're getting worn out all of that sort of thing but on the flip side of that if you leave it much later to start revising i would worry that you don't have enough time to learn what you need to learn of course revising
revisionrevisiting is not supposed to be learning things for the first time and i would hope that nobody's watching this video and thinking you know i don't know any of the things i need to know um we should be in a nice place where you're comfortable and sort of you know completed your studying on most areas and maybe a couple we can catch up on so how do you
revisewell when i was revising for my gcses this is what i did monday to friday i
revised three hours every day after school and on a saturday i
revised for five hours and on a sunday i took the day off okay now what does that mean let's think about it i
revised for 20 hours a week during the uh school weeks and i think i probably did the same in easter holidays as well so um a pretty...
intense schedule because of course you're at school all day and then i would come home and do that
revisionbut we are talking about just a short period of time i did it for about six weeks and i'm starting to talk to you about this now about eight weeks out so that's what i did now that might be too much for you i don't know the commitments you have i don't know uh you know how how long you have uh spare or whatever you might want to not have a day off and do a couple of hours a day whatever but i'm just telling you what i did because i want to be realistic i don't want to scare you but i don't want to simplify the situation and make it sound like you know oh 30 minutes a day and you do brilliantly so here's what i did i and this is what i recommend you do i wrote down all the subjects that i needed to
revisein rank order of how much i enjoyed them okay so i put them all down in a list and i think you should do the same my favorite subject was english literature i loved it i loved history and geography not so keen on science really didn't like french maths etc so you get a list that goes from top to bottom in terms of your enjoyment now you could say well hang on a minute no matter how much i enjoy it or don't enjoy it some subjects are more important than others and that is a factor that you might want to take into account and that really is a personal thing for you to think about but what i'm saying is i had this list okay...
now what i then decided to do was to pair up subjects for my
revisionand to pair up my least favorite with my favorites so what i ended up doing was taking one from the bottom one from the top and coming up with a pairing of subjects that i would study on any given day so i would say for example on a monday i'm going to study french and because i hate french and i really don't want to have to
reviseit i'm going to then in essence treat myself with some
revisionon english literature okay do you see what i did there i took my favorite from the top my least favorite from the bottom and worked through then you know from uh this one to this one this one this one etc okay and came up with a list of
revisionsort of pairs pairs of subjects that i'm going to
reviseso that when i got to a monday i thought oh man i've got to
revisefrench but it's not the end of the world because i'll get through an hour and then i will essentially reward myself treat myself with an hour of english literature and this is a really good way of revising because if you just
reviseif you think i'll just pick up some books and
reviseit's very difficult to motivate yourself to
revisethe stuff you hate okay so start with the bit you don't like and know that coming after that is something that you do enjoy that's a really good approach okay now also what i used to do is have about 10 minutes in between each subject and so i would do let's say an hour of...
french and then i would have 10 minutes where i would just listen to some music you guys in today's world you might want to you know go online watch a video go on twitter whatever um and then i would switch off and then you know go back to the next subject so i sort of clear my mind for 10 minutes and you know that that's just what i would do so once you've written that
revisionschedule you can write it out on the days and and decide you know monday is going to be this tuesday it's going to be this and you might have a day where you do too so you might you know science if obviously um is it three different qualifications so science you might break into its three separate subjects that sort of thing now the next thing is how do we actually
revisea subject so i just want to talk about english literature obviously i only know about english language and literature but this is what i would do next i would break down the five components of english literature and write them out like this the five sections of the exam and i would take an honest account of where i'm at with my studies okay so that this isn't between you and your teacher your parents be honest think about where am i good where am i weak so i might look at this and think well you know what i i really struggle with macbeth you know i missed a few lessons i haven't been concentrating i i still don't quite get that bit the language is really difficult but jacqueline hyde i'm fine...
expect the calls i like the poems well you know i'm good but there's a couple i need to revisit the unseen poetry well you know i think i'm fine about that and obviously when you do that then you'll prioritize because even at 59 days i don't think there's enough time to learn all of these things inside out i just don't you know that's why hopefully you've been studying in school now you know if you haven't then you might need to do more work or you might need to think you know what during my easter holidays i'll do five hours a day as if i'm at school and i know this video will get some thumbs down because some people would be like i don't want to work that hard but i'm just being honest with you okay so let's just take the poetry let's think about the power and conflict poetry because i think that's one of the the harder parts of studying let's think about okay i'm going to spend um the first three weeks of my english literature
revisionon poetry both power and conflict and unseen how would i
revisethe poems is what i'm trying to say well this is just me you might do it differently but obviously i'd use my materials so let's say i'm studying the poem exposure i would start it's that monday of just an hour of french banging my head against a brick wall and now i'm going to watch the video on exposure and add to the notes in my anthology because you know i know the poem but...
i'm revising i'm revisiting the poem so i'm going to watch this video it's going to take half an hour and you know perhaps i'm going to watch it on 1.5 speed because you know i i know the poem well so it's just revisiting it and you know i don't need to listen to it for once one time speed then i'm going to print off a blank copy of the poem this is a great way to study your poems find a blank copy online print it off and then try to annotate the poem this is a really good way of seeing how much you can actually remember about the poem because obviously it's a closed book exam you don't get to take your anthology into the exam so it's really important that you know not just that your anthology is beautifully annotated but actually that your brain is beautifully annotated so printing off the poem and annotating the poem and then looking back at your anthology and just seeing where the gaps are and perhaps copying out the bits you've missed and highlighting them and knowing that you know those are the bits next time i look at this poem i'm going to look at the highlighted bits because those are the bits i forgot last time then you could have a go with a question so you think you know you might want to over you know a couple of sessions uh do that with two poems and then just try to compare them and um you know have a look in my
revisionguide for example at the tips on comparisons the sample essays and then you might want to...
watch one of the student exemplars and sort of think about how your work lines up with that now obviously this approach relies heavily on my videos and i'm not saying that the only way you can
reviseis through my videos you can take any approach that you like but but on the other side of that i haven't just made these videos for fun i've made them to help students and you know that's why i've you know sort of been doing this so obviously i'm going to point you to my exam videos and my
revisionguides as well so that's how i would do it so just to recap so i think it's important i would do three hours a day monday to friday five hours on a saturday take sunday off you may or may not be able to do that you may or may not think that's too much but for 59 days i think i can do that and you mustn't be really strict with it you know if you have a bad day or you know it's your birthday or you're going to see a grandparent or something that's fine take a day off but try to not take any more than one day off a week what i don't want you to do is get so intensely stressed because you think i can't do this you know you need to monitor yourself if you're feeling run down if you're feeling exhausted if you're emotional those kinds of things give yourself a break even a short break can be really beneficial now link list all your subjects favorite to least favorite um you know if you don't like you know if you have...
no sort of real personal preference either way then list them in terms of how good you are at them so your best subjects and your weakest subjects you know you don't you just need to list them pair them up so that you can think okay i've got to get through an hour of maths but then at least i'm going to get to do history and then break the subjects into its components parts be honest with yourself about where your strengths and weaknesses are and sort of measure your timing accordingly so let's just say you you know you broke your leg and you missed everything on macbeth well obviously you've got a lot to do on macbeth how do i recommend you
revisefor the shakespeare well if you're doing macbeth or romeo juliet like most of the country i have a playlist of about 58 videos so one a day would get you through the entire macbeth use your dead time as well okay so this is really important if you get the bus to school if you even if you walk to school if you have to do the dishes every night as part of your chores or tidy your room or whatever it is use that time okay i i really do think that's a great idea so let's say you have to um i don't know uh do the dishes okay or even you know you're doing some practical work like some artwork or whatever then you could have the jekyll and hyde audio book on in the background just to get it into your head so some basic tips to finish with you need to reread all of your texts once through before the...
exams you can do that via audio book for almost everything i actually have a playlist of audiobooks for all of the 19th century novels you need to make sure that you are familiar with unseen poetry because that is a sort of area that not many people
reviseso just in your anthology turn to the other cluster that you're not studying and try and work out what's going on in those poems think about ideas to do with language structure form you need to print out blank copies of the poems and annotate them just to get a good idea of where you're up to of course complete some past questions and past papers and for english language which i've not gone through much in this you need to be really comfortable with how long you should spend on each question what it's assessing what you need to do on each question and practice the timing that's what i think is important for english language so give yourself 10 minutes and see if you can analyze the structure in an extract because that's how long you're going to have in the exam so i hope you found this video useful i know some of you will be overwhelmed exam stress is very real i don't want you to suffer from exam stress make sure you're talking to your parents or teachers at school or friends it is important to do your best but exams are not the most important thing in the world how you do these exams does not define you it's not an indication of your future but on the flip side of that you want...
to do your best because you've been in school for all of these