21 July 2017

How to make a GCSE revision timetable + free timetable template

Make sure you check out part 2 for a more flexible timetable guide
Hello again! This may seem like a strange time to post about revision timetables to you as this is the last day of school for most of you out there and you're probably thinking "no, no way, I'm not thinking about school for another six weeks!", and while this is a lovely idea, for those of you who've just left year 10, this is about to get really tough. Sorry to dampen the mood my friends, I know I'm just such a bundle of fun!

To brighten the sudden cloud of grief that has just began to loom over your head, I thought I would share some advice from a very organised, disciplined student. I may be the only one in existence, so listen close!

How to split up your subjects into a two week timetable:

I started thinking about revision very early, I started just before the year 10 mocks, obviously for the year 10 mocks, but after that I developed a very well thought out revision timetable. My actual timetable was not electronic, but I have decided to translate it onto excel in a way you can understand it, other than my quick scrawl on a notepad!

Step 1) Decide which  subjects are a priority for you
It's very easy without a timetable to fall into the trap of just doing the subjects you enjoy or don't feel quite so painful to study. However; what you should be doing is prioritising subjects either where there is lots to learn, like history or geography for example, or a subject that you struggle with, which was science for me.

Step 2) How many times in two weeks?
You now need to split up your subjects into levels of priority, this will determine how many times in two weeks you should be studying that subject, for example, this was how I split up my subjects:

Maths: 6 times
English Literature: 6 times
History: 6 times
Business: 5 times
Biology: 5 times
Physics: 5 times
Chemistry: 5 times
French: 4 times
Music: 4 times
English Language: 3 times

Step 3) How many times in one week?
The reason we start with two weeks is because it can be tricky doing as much as you want to do in a week, in a week. Let me explain: in the perfect world, we would do three business studies sessions and three biology sessions every single week for example, but in reality you just can't fit that much in and you begin to set unattainable goals, meaning the system breaks down and nothing gets done. The two week system allows a little leeway because you're not studying as much of one subject as you would with a one week timetable. But don't panic about that, you will definitely revise more than enough for each subject this way, it just makes it easier to handle!

Step 4) Where to slot each subject
Use your school timetable for guidance. Revising subjects you've already sat through in the day makes it a lot easier to make yourself revise as you feel more familiar with the subject, rather than starting from scratch.

Take the subjects you've done that day, if you go to a state school you probably have five subjects a day or around that. You shouldn't revise all five subjects obviously or you would tire yourself out, so what you need to is pick four of those subjects and slot them into your timetable. It works pretty much like trial and error as you have to get the right amount of that subject in per week, so just count as you go along for each subject and make sure you've got the right amount of each subject at the end of the fortnight. There may be a couple of times during the week where you have to have a priority subject on a day where you haven't studied it that day, such as english. Obviously you have to be flexible to make the timetable work for you!

How long should I revise for?

I revised for approximately 2-3 hours every night as I approached my final exams. For mocks before this, you do not need to revise that much. I shall do a blog post later about how much to revise for mocks, please comment below if you would find this useful!

In the timetable template, I revise for two hours with a dinner break in the middle, split into four half an hour study sections. Forty-five minute time periods are good, although I often changed this to an hour if doing a past paper or essays. I also often revised for much longer on weekends too as I literally had more time to fill up.

Having quite short bursts of revision means your brain stays active longer, meaning you stay more focused and get more done than long two hour periods of revision of the same subject. It is important to stay interested and awake, or the information will not go in, making the whole exercise a very boring waste of time!

The important thing to remember is that your plan should be flexible to how you feel and to your life, and although you should stick to your timetable, you should allow yourself to be in control of your decisions and your time.

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I hope you all do well in your upcoming exams, whatever they may be. If there's anything else you'd like me to add here e.g. A-level timetables or GCSE timetables with more subjects options, please let me know in the comments!

// Jeani


  1. This is such a helpful and informative post. I planned subject revision similarly when I was doing my GCSEs last year and I feel like that organisation was fundamental behind the results that I got.

    I'd like to wish you the best of luck in your exam results; from the sounds of it, you worked tremendously hard so I'm certain you'll get the fantastic grades you deserve.

    Kate x

  2. I can't believe you're so organised! I know that if I ever organised my study around blocks of time...it would never work for me personally, because I definitely procrastinate too much, or I get REALLY enthusiastic about the subject and end up wanting to spend more time on it! I think I just need more discipline haha :')) Awesome post - it was super interesting seeing how you plan out your revision!
    Geraldine @ Corralling Books

  3. You seem like such a driven and motivated individual. I aspire to be as organised as you are :) Bookmarked this post for future reference xx



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