How to prepare for your SATs

March 22nd, 2010 by Emily

A revision timetable helps students and their tutors plan out what topics they will revise and when. SATs and GCSEs place similar demands on students in terms of revision because they involve the study of a number of subjects. Within each subject, there are a number of topics, which means there's a lot of ground for students and their private tutors to cover between now and exam time.

Here are our top tips for creating an efficient revision timetable for SATs:

1) Write a list of each subject that will be tested within your upcoming SATs. Underneath each subject, write down each topic that will be covered in the exam. Your teachers should be able to tell you which topics you are likely to be tested on; if you are unsure, do check with them.

2) Next to each topic, write a 1, 2 or 3. A number 1 is for topics that you know really well and feel confident in at this stage. A 2 is for topics that need a bit of work. A 3 is for topics that you need to do some serious work on. In your timetable, you'll devote 15 minutes to your number 1s, 25 minutes to your number 2s and 35 minutes to your number 3s.

3) Create your timetable, making sure that you've got a good mix of subjects and topics to study each day, with evenly spaced out breaks occurring at sensible points. You might put your favourite topics at the start and end of each day so that you feel positive and motivated when you begin and finish your work.

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