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HOW MUCH REVISION SHOULD I DO A DAY FOR GCSE? – USE THIS FREE CALCULATOR
“How much revision should I do each day?’ was our third most popular question.
There is a really simple and quick way you can calculate how much studying you should do per day, week or month. Yojana is a personalised revision strategy generator that can do this calculation for you, but if you want to do it yourself, here’s how…
1. Calculate how many days you have between now and your first exam
Then subtract that figure by 30.
2. Create a learning pack for each subject
Your learning pack should contain all the relevant past papers and other stuff.
To determine what this other stuff is, go to each teacher and ask:
‘If you or your lesson didn’t exist, what learning material would I need to achieve an 8 or 9 in my final GCSE exam?’
Then go to another teacher and ask:
‘if I was stuck on a desert island for 3 months and wanted to get an 8 or 9/A* in your subject, what should I take with me?’
They will probably say: “Revision guide x, textbook y, class handout etc’
Note down their answers and make sure you have/buy everything they suggest.
3. Count up the total number of pages across all your learning packs
For example, let’s say you are studying 9 GCSE subjects.
1. English texts + revisions guides + past papers = 146 pages
2. Maths textbook + past papers = 221 pages
3. Biology textbook + past papers = 113 pages
9. Geography revision guide + past papers =124
Total number of pages = 1,480
4. Divide the total number of pages by the number of days
Let’s assume you have 200 days before your first exam. Subtract 30. That’s 170 days.
To achieve top grades, you’ll need to learn 1,480 pages over this time through self-study, in addition to school work.
If you start revising in November, you’ll need to learn 9 pages a day. (1,480 pages / 170 days)
If you start revising in January, that’s 13 pages a day.
February? 17 pages a day.
It’s very difficult to effectively learn 12 or more pages a day. That’s why you don’t want to wait till February – that’s cram territory.
If you’re reading this in February, having done barely any revision, you’ll need to deploy a different revision strategy that we call DC (Damage Control).
5. Use these figures to calculate how many hours you should revise per day
On average, our mentees take 13 minutes to cover each page (that’s including time lost through procrastination and daydreaming).
This means, if starting in November, you’ll need to revise for 2 hours a day (13 minutes X 9 pages) or 9 hours a week.
Starting in January? You’ll need to revise for around 3 hours a day.
February? 3 hours 40 minutes
6. Start the 10-pages a day challenge
At the start of our mentorship programme, we give our mentees a challenge to learn 10-pages a day for 10 consecutive days.
About 50% successfully complete this challenge, and remarkably, half of them create a permanent habit.
Those who stay consistent right up til exams usually go on to secure 80%+ across all their subjects.
They quite simply build their revision into their routine.
If you habitually wake up every day, knock out 3 pages before school and then a few pages after school every single day, you will nail your exams.
Check out our definitive guide on How to Revise for your 2021 and 2022 exams.
If you’re confused about anything we’ve said or want more help, drop us a question in the comments below (we usually respond back within an hour).
Alternatively, Yojana can run all these calculations for you and generate a FREE report outline what, when and how should revise for each of your subjects. Just fill in this form to get started.
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