Summary: Every student knows that revision can be stressful, so here are the revision tips that can help alleviate some of the hassles and make your pre-exam study effective. It will allow you to start afresh in session without the hassle of the pre-revision clearing.
As the learners start to feel the pressure of impending A-level sociology, helping them to create an effective revision plan will ensure they make the most of the time available. Learners can become stressed, frustrated, and demotivated when they have “been revising” for hours but can’t recite the rules/facts when tested later.
There is little benefit in spending hours reading facts from a book, trying to memorize them. It is important learners interact with the information somehow – highlighting the main points in different color pens, reading out loud, or recording themselves to play back later.
Help to make learners A level sociology revision resources time more productive and sustainable by implementing our tips for:
Identify your strengths and areas for improvement
It is easier to revise a subject that you enjoy and is good at but your revision ought to be focused where there is the greatest need. You could use a syllabus/ curriculum checklist to help you with this. 4 study periods per week might be plenty for one subject whilst 8 periods might be needed for another.
Study in small chunks
Your revision will be more effective if you study a subject for a short period, regularly. Try to study two subjects for half an hour each, have a break for 10-15 minutes then study two more subjects for half an hour each before having a longer break. You could then revisit the first subject /s later in the day.
Create a plan
Now that you know what you need to study, it is essential that you detail the amount of time you have available and specifically plan which subjects you will work on and when. Make your plan public, and display it on your door or kitchen noticeboard, others will then know when you are working and when you’ve planned breaks. This will help reduce stress levels and pressure from friends and family.
Create a good working environment
For your study time to be effective, you will need a suitable environment, you will need space for your books as well as room to work. Fresh air and natural light will help, make sure you open your curtains and a small window if you can. Feeding your brain is also important, have a glass of water available and a healthy snack – bananas are a good option.
Understand your learning style
There are various models for this but it is most commonly used. Learners can be Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic, or a combination of these. Gear your revision to your learning style: Create color-coded revision cards or diagrams to display; record your notes on the MP3 player and play them often; act out scenes from literature/history; put key information on notes around your room or in the hallway between rooms.
Whilst some learners find it helpful to play music whilst revising, it will help if there are no other distractions, turn off your mobile phone, and log off Facebook and Twitter.
Focus on understanding
Try to develop your understanding of a topic rather than simply memorizing rules/dates etc. Understanding is much deeper and time spent on this will enable quicker recall and a more logical approach to answers.
Look at past papers
By looking through past papers you can familiarise yourself not only with the content but also with the style of the questions. Many exam boards will also publish the mark schemes and Chief Examiners’ Reports which will give you a huge amount of information about common mistakes to be aware of.
Don’t forget exam skills
Remember that passing AQA A level sociology is not just about knowing the curriculum inside out, you will also need to be able to structure an essay, follow ideas through logically, and perhaps most importantly manage your time effectively.
Estimate how much time is allocated to each exam mark and keep this in mind when allocating time to answer each question. Include time to practice all of these skills within your revision timetable.
It is easy to become disheartened and demotivated, to feel that it is an uphill struggle and that you’ll never get the result you want – banish these thoughts! With a realistic plan and a determination to stick to it, you can achieve your aims!
It’s important to remember that learners want to do well – it is unlikely they will avoid revision because they can’t be bothered, it is more likely that they are struggling with something or feel that there’s too much to do in such a short space of time.
Helping them by producing a revision plan and providing encouragement and reassurance is the way forward. The exam period can be a stressful time for everyone concerned so it’s important to relax and be positive.
Good luck to all during the forthcoming A-level sociology.
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Keep yourself fuelled up
As well as rewarding yourself with some yummy goodies now and then, always make sure that you are fully fuelled and hydrated before beginning your revision. An important revision tip is to never start work on an empty stomach.
Doing so could leave you frustrated and grumpy or lead to a headache that will not bode well for a productive revision session. Make sure you always have a drink to hand whilst you work.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, if you feel you’re waning but have completed a hefty section of your intended subject then take a break and reward yourself. Whether that means having that packet of crisps you crave, or taking some time out on the PlayStation allow yourself to have some fun during your revision schedule.
If you set yourself targets followed by rewards you can keep yourself motivated for much longer and achieve a sense of pride when you reach your goals.