10 Tips to Revision Heaven
Although it’s a stressful time of year, here are some tips to help you along the way. These techniques have led to A Level exam success:
1. Start early
Facts are at their most digestible first thing in the morning. Start at 9am so you can get more of the revision done early and to feel positive about the day and the work achieved.
2. Create a detailed revision timetable
Post it up somewhere everyone can see it; then everyone knows what you are supposed to be studying and when. Showing others your timetable will mean motivation will not just be down to you. Revise often, try and do a little every day; plan in breaks and a variety of subjects.
List all your exam subjects and the amount of time you think you need for each then, prioritise.
Divide your time for each subject into topics based on the units in the revision checklist or syllabus.
3. Unplug and turn off EVERYTHING
It’s just too tempting to go on social media or text a friend! Find a quiet place to study with a well-lit desk, well away from distractions.
4. Have everything you need
Prepare everything you will need for the revision session, from drinks and snacks to stationery, paper and resources.
5. Revise in a variety of ways.
Research shows that doing a range of activities will benefit you. There are many different learning styles – see our downloads to the right.
Organise your folders and simplify your class notes. Make summary skeleton notes, mind maps, audio aids and diagrams of mnemonics for key facts.
6. Work through past question papers
Ask your teachers for relevant past papers. You can also find papers online from the exam board website. Practice writing essays in timed conditions – this is fantastic experience.
7. Attend revision classes where they are offered
Your teachers will be organising these in and out of class time – attend them. You will cover key topics, learn new revision styles and have the chance to take part in group discussions with your peers who are revising the same thing!
8. Take a break
Look after yourself; keep hydrated and try to get enough sleep. Don’t try and watch TV, use the internet or text whilst trying to revise…but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch a favourite programme as a reward.
9. Organise yourself for the exam
Organise yourself and your thoughts the night before and get plenty of sleep. Check you have the correct equipment with you. Make sure you know when and where your exam is and leave for the exam in plenty of time. Look at our door hanger in the download materials section for an exam checklist.
10. Plan your time in the exam
Most importantly, read the instructions on the paper carefully first. Check what is involved in the exam; how many questions you need to answer and the time allowed for them.
Good luck – Think positively!
The exams will then end and there is a long, lovely summer to look forward to!