Revision Where to start?. Getting Started. This is the hardest part because we all like to. Procrastinate. Particularly if it is something that isn’t much fun like revising. Getting Started. Prepare yourself to revise by:. Creating a tidy space to revise where there are no distractions
Where to start?
This is the hardest part because we all like to
Particularly if it is something that isn’t much fun like revising.
Prepare yourself to revise by:
Creating a tidy space to revise where there are no distractions
Having all the resources you need
Deciding WHEN you will do it
Revising isn’t HARD but it is TIME CONSUMING. The key is to make the time and plan your revision so you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
How Long Should I Revise For?
Most people can only focus on one thing
for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time.
This doesn’t mean that you can only revise for 20 minutes at a time it just means you need to CHANGE what you are doing every 20 minutes.
Take a break every hour for about 10 minutes.
It can help to build rewards into your study time. Eg. Revise for an hour (3x 20 min sessions of different things) then phone a friend for 10 minutes. Just make sure your 10 minute break doesn’t turn into a 2 hour break!
Planning your Life during revision time
During revision time it is essential that you accept that for this short period of time revision has to be the most important thing.
You can’t revise all the time so you need to build in the other things you need (or want) to do into your timetable.
Cut right back on things like TV, socialising, internet (if not for study), video games.
Keep some time for sport and socialising (and those things above if it makes you happy!). Plan this time into your timetable.
Planning your Revision
Copy and complete this table to plan out your revision timetable.
Planning your Revision
Once you know how long you have to revise you can structure your revision.
In Biology you need to learn and practice questions from the following topics:
Topic 1 – The Biosphere
Topic 2 – Investigating Cells
Topic 3 – The World of Plants
Topic 4 – Animal Survival
Topic 5 – The Body in Action
Topic 6 – Inheritance
Topic 7 - Biotechnology
Ready to Revise
First Stop – Learning Outcomes!
You will have very specific learning outcomes for each topic. You need to KNOW ALL OF THIS!
Something you just can’t remember?
Make a poster (or post-its) of the thing you need to remember.
Put it up in a place where you can look at it regularly – like the back of the bathroom door or in the kitchen.
Monkeys Eat Pink Bananas
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nothing
Reduction of Information Method
Do you learn by writing things out? Try this….
What if there’s a problem?
Revise what you DON’T KNOW
If you already know something you don’t need to revise it!
Apply your Knowledge
OK, you know all your LOs now it’s time to try some questions! You have lots of places to get these from and you can do questions specific to the topic you have just studied.
Easter revision is not a substitute for your revision – it should compliment what you are already doing!
Come armed with questions that you need help with!
Past Paper Questions
Past papers are IDEAL for revision.
Try past paper questions once you have completed your revision of LOs and tried some other questions.
The papers themselves can be downloaded for free from the SQA website.
It is essential that you mark your questions using the marking scheme. You will learn how the answers should be worded to get a mark.
Looking at the answer and saying “yeah, that’s what I meant” isn’t good enough. Even if you do know the answer you might not get a mark on the actual exam for it.
Standard Grade Biology 2011 Paper
If you haven’t looked at this already then it is your best ever final exam preparation tool.
On Sunday May 20th or Monday May 21st take the time to sit the 2012 paper under exam conditions. Give yourself the same resources and time you would have in the real exam.
Mark the paper carefully using the SQA marking scheme.
This will give you a very good indication of how you will do on the final exam. If you do well it will give you confidence. If you still have gaps in your learning you will still have a few days to learn from your mistakes.
JUST TAKE THE TIME AND DO IT!
Your exam is on :
Wednesday May 23rd