Last Minute Revision?
Lightbulb Revision YouTube channel viewing statistics - 2018 exams
To a certain extent, yes. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence about students who crammed on the bus the morning of the exam and got lucky. There’s always the possibility that the last thing you read from your revision guide will be the question set that year. And it’s better to revise than to simply give up and turn to the PS4. But it’s a risky strategy if that’s your only strategy.
Cramming on a last minute mindset is asking an awful lot of your brain. Lightbulb Revision saw a dramatic surge in people watching the videos in the 24 hours leading up to the exams. Sure, a final cram can stuff in a few extra facts or quotes but it’s not nearly as effective as a slow steady approach.
Science does support this. Ebbinghaus forgetting curve (below) shows just how quickly information is forgotten; if you really want to be well-prepared for the GCSE exams, you need to make sure that you plan your revision time very carefully.
So start early. Every half-term you’ll finish a text so spend a couple of hours in the holidays going through your notes and revision guides, creating those flashcards and start learning quotations. Then every week spend 30 minutes or so revising these. It’s not wasted time; it’s time that you can bank so that by the time you reach your exams, you will have a secure knowledge base from which to tackle your exams. It will save you frantically scouring the internet at the very last moment . Who knows, you might be so well-prepared, you can spend the night before your exam watching Netflix- as long as it’s a version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ or ‘A Christmas Carol’!
Next: how to revise quotations