Top 10: Revision tips
Preparing for exams doesn’t have to be stressful. Making a plan and sticking to it is the best way to make sure you have time to revise everything, whilst following our top ten revision tips will leave you ready and happy on exam day.
Your brain needs food, just like the rest of you. Eating breakfast will mean you don't run out of energy part way through your exam. On exam day you could treat yourself to a big stack of pancakes, but there are also some great brain food alternatives.
Study at a fixed time
Having a set routine for studying teaches your brain that it is time to learn. It also makes planning much easier if you know how many study sessions you have left before exam day.
Spread out your revision
We are not talking about taking up as much space as you can! Make sure you begin your revision with enough time to get everything done, then split everything you have to learn into small manageable chunks.
Put your phone away
Try to keep your workspace as distraction free as possible. Putting your phone in a different room will help you avoid checking social media.
Practise past papers
You can usually find past papers for most exams online. Just taking a look at the types of questions they ask can be helpful, but nothing beats actually giving them a try. You'll also be able to find marking schemes online too, these will give you a good idea of what the examiners are looking for in your answers.
Ask teachers for help
Your teachers want you to do well too, so will usually be happy to give you revision advice, guide you as to which subjects to focus on or take a look at your answers to past papers – don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Explaining something to someone else is a great way to improve your understanding, and keep things locked in your memory. Whether is a friend who is also studying the same subject, or a willing parent, try taking the role of teacher and see how much you learn.
Take regular breaks
Your brain can only really manage to stay focused for about 20 minutes, so split your revision into smaller chunks and take regular breaks. Yes, this is an excuse to take ten minutes off to eat a muffin.
Get some fresh air and exercise
Research has shown that getting outside and taking some exercise, especially after revising, can help to lock what you have learned into your memory. It will also make you feel healthier and happier, which is important at exam time! Check out Andres article for some great ways to stay positive when you are studying
This isn't just an excuse to include a picture of a sleeping kitten, sleep is really important! Even if you think you have way too much to do, it is really important to get some sleep not just before exam day, but whilst you are revising. When you are well rested your attention span is longer, and you’ll have a far easier time remembering things.