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Revision Tips for your Exams

Friday 26 April 2019

We have been helping students pass their exams and assessments for over 80 years, so we have plenty of experience in this field!

Whether your're revising for your GCSEs or A Levels, our Careers Team has put together some top tips and advice to help you through the next few weeks.

Top Tips for Revision

  • Create a revision plan – plan your revision time effectively, see ‘Creating a revision plan’ below
  • Take regular breaks - this also means getting away from screens and moving away from your study area, such as going for a walk and getting some fresh air
  • Experiment - try different learning techniques to see what works best for you
  • Set goals and be honest with yourself - have you really done a full hour of revision? Have you given yourself proper breaks? Do you really need to study that subject again?
  • Relaxation – make sure you take some time for yourself to spend with family and friends
  • Hydrate - you cannot revise if you are dehydrated. Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated, awake and alert during revision and exam times. Note that drinking sugar and caffeine (eg tea, coffee, energy drinks, fizzy drinks) may seem like a good idea but too much can be detrimental to your revision.

Creating a revision plan

Before you start revising, create a plan to help you get the most out of your studies:

What?
Think about what you need to study. Not just subjects but modules within that subject.

When?
Create a timetable, including breaks. Prioritise - ensure you look at when your exams are to know what subjects you need to do when.

Where?
Plan your study spot. Do you work best at home or are there too many distractions? Are you near things or people that could distract you, eg friends, food, TV, phone, PlayStation? Would a library work better for you?

Why?
The exams you’re taking are very important for your future and it is essential that you revise! By planning your revision, you will be able to reduce your stress and organise your revision in manageable chunks. For GCSEs, why not check out BBC GCSE Bitesize

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How?
How do you best learn and remember things? Have a think about how you learn best and how you can incorporate this into your revision. Take a look at these learning styles and tips to help each:

Visual learners - you like the use of images, colours, videos etc.
Revision tips:

  • Coloured Flash cards
  • Graphs and Mind maps
  • Images

Auditory Learners - you learn best through listening and speaking exercises, like in classroom debates and presentations.
Revision tips:

  • Record yourself speaking your revision notes out loud. Then listen carefully.
  • Repetition, go over and over a point more than once to get it in your head, say it out loud
  • Come up with raps or jingles as a way of remembering something.

Read and Write - you learn best through writing lots of notes. You can remember things you read in detail
Revision tips:

  • Re-write your revision notes
  • Use lists
  • Use practice essay papers

Kinaesthetic - you learn best by doing. For example, when learning a play or poem, you learn it best through acting it out.
Revision tips:

  • Use your hands and body as much as possible and stay active – stand up instead of sitting down, do star jumps in between chapters, walk around with your text book, tap your pencil, fidget, bounce a ball, any kind of repetitive movement is usually good. Do what feels right and seems to work best for you.

Need extra help?

Speak to your teachers or parents, or book an appointment to see your Careers Advisor. Don’t leave it too late!

 

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