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How Many Hours A Day Should You Revise For Exams?

Jasmyne Jeffery May 23, 2023

Although studying is important for your exams, but so is taking time to rest and having some much-needed downtime. If you’re not sure what to do, here’s how many hours you should revise in a day.

We’re right in the middle of exam season, which means finding time to revise as well as trying to recover from your exams. It’s also important to take some time for yourself so you’re refreshed and in the right mindset for all the testing.

It’s understandable, that you might want some advice on how to pace yourself. Luckily, we can help you out.

How Many Hours A Day Should You Revise For Exams?

Different from GCSE, you should revise for about two hours a day for your A-Level exams.

In Year 13, your study becomes a lot more independent compared to GCSE, preparing you for your time at university.

You should start this routine from at least a month before your exams start to get in all the content. However, planning days off is also important.

If you do decide to schedule time off each week, plan to make up for the time in how much you revise each day.

Fitting in revision around exams is a difficult task. It’s normal to prioritise the exam you’re taking next when you’re in the middle of exam season. This is why you should start well before they begin so each topic is covered and looking at them whilst taking your exams is just a refresher.

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How much revision in a day hours is too much?

For any of your exams, revising more than four hours is too much. In fact, we don’t recommend doing more than two, especially during exam season.

No doubt you would have had a day of exam-taking and lessons, so adding four more hours to take will send you into burnout. That’s definitely not ideal for test-taking.

You won’t be able to focus for four hours, it won’t all stick in your memory and it’s all in all a pretty redundant task.

Overworking yourself will affect your marks. You’ll be tired and have less in your brain. Pace yourself with how many hours you revise in a day, but be consistent. That’s the key to optimising your revision.

Remember, harder A-Levels will require more hours of revision. Plus, some have a lot more content. The 2 hours you spend a day may not be spread equally, but equitably in accordance with what subject needs it the most.

Mastering revision is a skill in itself, and it’s something that studying for your A-Levels should help you perfect. As long as you do it consistently and create a revision timetable to help you, have belief in yourself that you did everything you could.

After all, you can only do your best!

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.