Making sure you have everything ahead of time
The first thing I recommend you do is go and download all the past papers into each of your subject folders. All papers and mark schemes should be with you so you don’t have the excuse of internet down or website crashed at the revision sessions. Make sure you are aware what the different codes mean (qp = Question Paper, ms = Mark Scheme).
Along with this, go out and buy past papers for every subject you are doing from around ‘02 or ‘03. Make sure it has all the different variants available. If you are not sure which papers you will be doing, check your syllabus or ask your teacher.
Which brings me to the next task, download and print the syllabus for each of your subject. Yes print! You don’t need to print all 100 something pages, select the pages which say “Syllabus Content” and keep that copy with the books for that subject. This is an essential document whenever you are revising. It is vital that you know exactly what the syllabus says because any part of it can be tested in your exam. A bit of extra knowledge is good to have but only study wider once you know the basics.
With the syllabus, I recommend you create a checklist with all the topics present in your syllabus so you will be able to tick them off as you study them, revise them and write notes for them. Use the topics listed write at the start of “Syllabus Content”.
Past Paper Checklist
This is a more boring and tedious job – once you’ve got your past papers check the number of years that are printed within it. From 2010 onwards three variants where produced each year however most of the time, 2 variants would be the same therefore you need to go through all the papers 😮 and make sure you you have only the different variants printed and listed on your checklist. You could use this as a checklist or actually fill in your marks within it too. This would be a good idea as you would then be able to see your progress as you go through the year.
Finally, a good place to position these checklists is on the wall right above your desk! It will help you give an idea of your position of studies in just a glance. It could also be motivating either by seeing it fill up (so close! lets finish it) or seeing it empty (a bit of healthy stress 😉 )
Organizing the Resources
Notes, study guides, textbooks – make sure you have everything you need on your shelves. I know it sound ridiculous but organize your books by subjects and set them into piles which make sense to you – its really the psychological relief it brings to see everything ready and sorted out which then catalyzes your studying!
Making a Topic Checklist
Okay so there have been a few comments asking for guidance on creating a topic checklist. Firstly, download this PowerPoint template. Click here. The template is generic with no subject title. Firstly, you have to look up the syllabus for the subject you are looking to make it for. Search here for IGCSE and here for A-Levels.
I am going to use AS Chemistry as an example. Search the syllabus to find the “Syllabus Content” section. For AS Chem this is on page 15 over here. For AS, I am going to select all the topic that are ticked under AS. You must simply copy paste each title into every row of the table. You can remove the extra rows once you’re done. These steps can be followed for any subject at any level.
Making a Pastpaper Checklist
You can use this template to create a past paper checklist. It’s very basic and it must be edited and filled in before use. Firstly decide the range of years you want to span. You’ll also have to add/remove columns depending on the number of papers in your subject.