Revision Top Tips

We know exams can be daunting to downright scary, so here are our top tips to help you get over your revision jitters.
Book Open 256 Put your exam timetable in your diary

Whether that’s a wall diary, paper diary or just your phone, make sure all the exams are in there! This will also help with revision planning as you’ll know how much time you have to revise for History, before it becomes history.

Calendar Date 04 256 Start revising as early as you can

Ideally, this should be months before your exams, so you don’t have to try and cram as much information in at the last minute. At least plan to start the bulk of your revision at the beginning of your study leave.

Bullets 256 Make a revision timetable

Based on the above points, plan out which subjects you’re going to study when - and you can even break this down by topic, so if you’re great at longshore drift but not so great at oxbow lakes, then organise to spend more time on rivers!

Fruit Apple 02 256 1 Eat well

It may seem like snacking on sugary drinks and junk food when you’re busy revising will save you loads of time - but you won’t be able to concentrate! Look for foods that will release energy slowly but that are also quick to make!

Sleep 02 256 1 Sleep well

Don’t stay up too late scrolling through Instagram and Snapchat stories, we know they can be addictive! Your brain needs to recharge overnight. It will also process and absorb a lot of the information that you’ve taken in during the day, which means you should retain it better for the exam!

Beverage Tea 256 1 Take regular short breaks

These should be about every hour for approximately 10 minutes. So make a cup of tea, grab a glass of water, or check on your mates - but make sure you put a timer on so you don’t get distracted for too long!

Home 256 1 Think about where you revise best

Is it in your bedroom? Or do you need a change of scenery? Does being at school / college help you focus? Or a quiet public library? Figuring this out can help you find the best place to concentrate.

Stationery Pen 256 1 Don't just read your notes

No-one absorbs much information by just reading, and you’ll find you’ll be dozing off in no time, or looking longingly out the window. You’ll have to write things down to really be able to remember them - think flash cards, mind maps and post-it notes.

You can even stick them up on the walls, doors or fridge so you can picture them later in the exam.

Microphone 03 256 Record your notes

Another way to revise is to record yourself talking about a topic on your phone. You can then play it back, even on the tube or bus! People will think you’re listening to Stormzy’s latest album when actually you’re storming through the Haber Process!

People 256 1 Practice with friends

Try revising with friends or classmates and testing one another. Their understanding of a topic might help to enhance yours. You could also assign topics to each other to prepare a short lecture to deliver to the rest of the study group - this will show you understand the subject and it might include information that your friends didn’t know or had forgotten about!

Double Check 256 1 Do lots of practice exam papers

This will give you an idea of the types of questions that you will be asked in the exam, and if you read the accompanying mark scheme you can really get to grips with what answers particular questions are looking for. Often (but not always!) similar questions will come up year after year!

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