• Megan Richardson

Create Your Perfect UCAT Revision Timetable! FREE EXAMPLE TIMETABLE INCLUDED

Creating a UCAT timetable is really tricky. UCAT preparation runs in the summer and a lot of students feel nervous that they are going to dedicate their whole summer to the exam. Here are some pointers in creating an effective revision timetable alongside an example timetable at the end.


1: Keep it Over a Set Amount of Weeks


  • If you do too much UCAT revision for too many weeks, you are just going to burn out, set aside the weeks you are most free in summer and plan 4-6 weeks that you are going to revise within. 4.5-5 weeks is ideal.


2: Progressively Build your Hours


  • You don’t want to start with two full UCAT mocks a day. It will feel too much and you will lose concentration. Instead, start with an hour a day where you can and build that time up. This way you improve your concentration skills.


3: Don’t Set Rest Days


  • Take rest days and ‘I’m busy’ days as and when you need them. Don’t try to schedule them in as you may find you don’t need a rest day on your scheduled day but need it in a couple of days.

  • Maybe set 5 days' worth of work and instead tick each lot of work off when it’s done. Just go with how you feel and work around it. Go easy on yourself!

Below is a real example UCAT revision timetable used by a current medical student using the tips discussed in this blog. Note how the rest days change each week depending on the schedule!


We have used the following abbreviations in this timetable:

  • Abstract Reasoning (AR)

  • Verbal Reasoning (VR)

  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

  • Decision Making (DM)

  • Situational Judgement Test (SJT)



Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Week 1

30 minutes AR in the morning


30 minutes VR in the afternoon


30 minutes QR revision in the morning


30 minutes DM revision in the afternoon


30 minutes SJT revision in the morning


30 minutes AR in the afternoon


Busy this day

30 minutes VR in the morning


30 minutes QR in the afternoon


Full UCAT mock and mark

Day off UCAT prep

Week 2

1 hour AR in the morning


1 hour VR in the afternoon


Full UCAT mock and mark in the morning

Busy in the day


1 hour QR and 1 hour DM in the evening


1 hour SJT in the morning


1 hour DM in the afternoon


Day off UCAT prep

Get a UCAT mock and marking out the way in the morning

Get a UCAT mock and marking out the way in the morning

Week 3

1h 30 AR in the morning


1h30 VR in the afternoon


Full UCAT mock and mark in the morning

1 hour 30 DM in the morning


1 hour 30 QR in the afternoon


Doing something in the day


Full UCAT mock and marking in the evening


1h 30 SJT


Full UCAT mock and marking


Busy this day

Feeling a bit burnt out so took an extra day off

Week 4

2h AR in the morning

2h VR in the afternoon


Full UCAT mock and mark


Full UCAT mock and mark


Day off

2h SJT in the morning


2h DM in the evening


2h QR in the morning


Full UCAT mock and mark


Feeling a bit burnt out so day off

Full UCAT mock and mark


Full UCAT mock and mark


Week 5

Full UCAT mock and mark


Full UCAT mock and mark


Full UCAT mock and mark

Full UCAT mock and mark


Rest day before test day!

Made it to test day!



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