Revision Tips

Revision Tips


With the Year 11 mock exam period now over, many students will be breathing a sigh of relief.

Hopefully the exams have been a useful experience for you. But did you know they are much more than just a way of getting used to the exam atmosphere?

Exam techniques, subject knowledge and revision techniques can all be taken from doing your mocks, in preparation for the real thing next year.

So now it's time to knuckle down and revise. But what is the best strategy? Why not try some of these top tips to get the most out of your study...

Make a revision timetable

It's essential to manage your time - find a balance between work and... whatever kids get up to these days! A sensibly planned revision timetable allows you to maximise the amount of time you spend on each subject and should also allow for some well deserved breaks.

Revise in manageable blocks of time

Try to work in blocks of about 20 - 30 minutes at a time, and take short breaks in between these blocks. Taking regular breaks means more information should stay in your brain without experiencing 'information overload'.

Don't work non-stop

Although revising is important and you should be working most days, finding a balance between work and the other important things in life is also essential for success. Too much work will make you unhappy, but too little could result in you not getting the grades you want.

Find a revision technique that suits you

People's minds work in different ways, and as a result, some people learn better using different revision methods. Mind maps, post-it notes, bullet points, drawings or even just copying information down are some of the most popular techniques. Finding the best one for you is vital to revision success. 

Reward yourself

Some kind of reward is a great way to encourage you to revise. Use the things you enjoy as a way to tell yourself: "you've done a good job".