Yep, it’s that time of year. Exams are approaching and, no matter if they’re your mocks, GCSEs or A levels, you have to revise in order to do your best.
The trouble is, everyone works in different ways. There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution, so it’s worth trying out a few different techniques to find what works best for you.
List what you need to know! Once you’ve revised it once, tick it off – You’ll want to see at least three ticks by each topic to make sure you’ve really understood the content.
Try using past papers (you can find these on the exam body’s websites or in the student drive) to help you identify which areas you need to focus more on.
Practice exam conditions at home. This will take off some of the pressure for the real thing as you’ll know what to expect and how to time your answers.
Remember to take the time to have breaks! You don’t want information overload or burn out. For this reason, it’s a good idea to chop and change the subjects you’re studying too. Try revising in 30 minute blocks, switching the subject each time.
Flash cards can be a great help for short facts you need to memorise; quotes for English, equations for maths , and formulae for science. Try these, but make sure you’re picking the right exam body.
Avoid distractions. Believe it or not, mobile phones, tablets, and the internet are not usually very helpful during revision. We suggest you turn off your phone, and leave it in another room. Or possibly lock it in a safe. On another continent. And give the key to your mother.
Make sure you look after yourself. A healthy body helps keep your mind healthy, which will help with remembering all those facts. Eat the right foods, sleep enough, drink lots of water – You know the drill.
Getting tested, and teaching others are brilliant revision techniques. This is a good idea only if the people you’re revising with are more help than hinderance – Don’t let your friends distract you!
Rather than just writing boring pages and pages of notes, try making spider diagrams, use highlighters, stick postit notes on the wall of your bedroom or on the fridge – Mixing up the methods you use help to keep things fresh, which helps you remember.