Revision is a key element of learning and ultimately to examination success. Follow our revision top tips below.
Revision Top Tips:
Start revising early
— i.e. months, not days before the exam.
Plan your revision using a timetable
Planning out your revision means you can spend more time revising and less time worrying you've forgotten something.
Don't spend ages making your notes look pretty
This is just wasting time. For diagrams, include all the details you need to learn, but don't try to produce a work of art.
Set up a nice, tidy study space
You'll need somewhere with good lighting, your pens close by, your phone out of sight and your TV unplugged. Try not to revise on your bed, or you'll be dreaming of pink igloos and elephants before you know it.
Vary your revision with different activities
Do lots of practice papers and questions
You'll find it far easier to answer questions in the exam if you've tried similar ones at home beforehand. Have a look at your exam board's website for a selection of sample papers.
Set aside time to do fun things — don't turn into a revision zombie
Don't totally stop yourself from having fun. This'll help you stay motivated, relax, and allow you to keep up with your favourite hobbies.
Keep your phone and other distractions away.
Phones are great, but they're a one-stop shop for procrastination. Heed our warnings and stick it in a drawer while you're revising.
Don't just read your notes
You have to WRITE STUFF DOWN.
Sleep and eat properly.
Sleep is more important than you'd imagine — it helps your brain store all the information you've learned throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods will also boost your concentration throughout the day.
On exam day, make sure you arrive in plenty of time
Nothing adds extra pressure to exam day like the fear of being late. Just make sure you set off at a little earlier than usual.