Top 10 revision tips
Revising for your end of year exams can be stressful, but fear not, we’re here to help! Take a look at our top tips to help you get the most out of your revision.
1. Get creative
Don’t just read through your notes, bring them to life by using brightly coloured pens, create mind maps, draw illustrations, make up rhymes and watch videos online. Try anything to help the information stand out in your mind.
2. Be prepared
Make sure you surround yourself with drinks and snacks. This way you won’t be tempted to wonder into the kitchen and stick your head in the fridge every half an hour!
3. Take a break… or two
Having regular short breaks is key to staying focused, but make sure you’re not taking a break all the time. A quick 10 minute break every hour or so isn’t totally unreasonable.
4. Find the right spot
Having a nice quiet place to revise is important. Don’t just sit in your room in front of the TV. Set yourself up at the dining room table or go to the library. A little bit of background music is ok (it might even help you to remember things!), but other noises can just be distracting.
5. Get your friends to help
Asking family and friends to test your knowledge is a great indicator of how well your revision is going. If you find you’re not remembering as much as you thought you would, try different revision techniques.
6. Treat yourself
Set out what you want to achieve by the end of the day. If you reach these goals reward yourself with something you’ve been looking forward to like a trip to the cinema.
7. Past papers
Have a look at past papers to get a feel for the type of questions you’re likely to be asked. You can find past papers on the awarding body’s website.
8. Get some sleep!
It’s easier said than done, but having a good night’s sleep before an exam is vital. If you don’t know something the night before, then chances are you won’t learn it overnight. Get some rest and don’t forget to eat breakfast ahead of big day.
9. Create a timetable
Put some structure to your learning by listing everything you need to go over before the exam. This will help you to cover all aspects and focus on key areas.
10. Stay positive!
It’s easy to fixate on how much you can’t remember or how much just isn’t sinking in, but try to concentrate on the positives and what you do know.
We’re here to support you in achieving your full potential. If you’re struggling with your revision and need a little extra help, speak to your tutor or progress coach.