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Revision Tips

Exam season is upon us. Whether you’re doing A-Levels, mock exams, GCSEs or university exams here are some tips you might find useful…

  1. Never throw away revision resources. So move the flashcards away from the bin! Whether you made a brilliant table for your English Literature exam, a poster for maths or made flashcards for a sociology mock keep them. You don’t know if you’ll have to retake an exam or if you’re doing a mock exam keep them for the real thing. Also, you might want to take the subject further.
  2. What works for you?Flashcards might work for you, or maybe sticking post it notes everywhere. Different people learn differently and everyone revises differently – all that’s important is you find your favourite. 
  3. Make revision count. Revision sessions are important, so make sure they count. Don’t just spend it copying out of a text book or revising things you already know. Challenge yourself, use a revision method that works for you, test yourself and test your knowledge.
  4. Don’t get distracted. It’s easy to stop revising for a quick phone check but it’s not long until that phone check turns into an hour after you fall down a rabbit hole of Facebook videos. There’s plenty of apps you can download which stop you from going on certain apps. 
  5. Revising with friends. Don’t revise with friends if you know you’re not going to get any revision done and will just go along for the sake of it. But if you are going to get work done revising with friends is good, you can test one another and talk things through together.
  6. Revise in short periods and have regular breaks.Most people have an attention span of 20 minutes so why are you revising for an hour? Revise for 20 minutes and then have a break for 20 minutes for example.
  7. Use past papers. Past papers and practice questions are one of the best ways of testing the retrieval of your knowledge and can identify some weak spots you didn’t know you had. 
  8. Be organised. Have folders, label them and keep them tidy. Be fully prepared with all of your equipment.
  9. Cramming. Staying up all night long, revising last minute – it’s a bad idea. Revise at a reasonable time.
  10. Look after yourself. Get plenty of sleep, eight hours is the recommended amount, go to bed early! Eat well. Eating good food sets, you up for the day and gives you energy which is so important when you’re revising. Always eat a god breakfast before an exam.
  11. Stay focused. Making revision resources does not count as revising! Most of the time when you’re making resources you’re copying keywords onto flashcards etc. you’re not necessarily absorbing the information.
  12. Seek advice. Ask teachers for advice and tips on how you can improve and what you need to focus on.

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