Your exams are just around the corner (not that you need me to remind you) and revision is the key to exam success. So there’s no better time to master your revision technique. Remember, everyone is different and everyone has different ways of revising. Use these tips to revise as effectively as possible and give yourself the best chance of success.
1. The sooner you start, the better
You don’t want to be stressing and panicking the day before your exam because you’ve left all your revision to the last minute. This is the worst situation you could find yourself in, so get revising as early as possible. The more you do now, the less there is to do later. Also, spacing your revision out over a longer period takes pressure off you. It allows you to focus more, take regular breaks and feel more confident about your subjects.
2. Create a revision timetable
This is a simple way of splitting your revision up. You don’t want to be revising the same subject for too long, because it will get tedious and you won’t take all the information in. A timetable enables you to decide which topics you need to revise and when, with breaks built in. Remember to change it up regularly - revising a fresh subject might make a pleasant change.
3. Use the syllabus to your advantage
Get the syllabus from your teacher. It contains all the topics and information that you need to know for the exam. My advice is to go through the syllabus and make notes on the topics you feel most and least confident about. This allows you to style your revision around the parts you feel least confident about so you don’t spend time going over things you already know.
4. Try different methods
There are many different revision methods and techniques that you can use. You just need to find the one that works for you and enables you to remember and retain the information. You may want to use different techniques throughout your revision to make the task more interesting. Try techniques such as: teaching the information to others, getting others to question you, drawing mind maps, using flash cards etc. One of the most important methods is answering past papers so that you know what to expect on the day of your exam.
5. Try to keep yourself motivated
Motivation can be hard to find when revising. But when you’re motivated you’re far likelier to do more and be successful. Set yourself short-term and long-term goals. A short-term goal can be something simple like a snack or treat after a revision period. A long-term goal can be focusing on what you want to do after your exams, such as sixth form, college, apprenticeships, or even your dream job.
Written by Callum Kay - Year 13