Revision: top tips and techniques

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Revision: top tips

  • Make sure you know which topics you need to revise for each subject. Use your exam board specifications as a revision list or check with your subject teacher.
  • Create a timetable.  Think about how much time you have available and create a plan. Remember to fit your revision around other commitments you might have such as a part-time job and helping at home. Also make sure you take regular breaks while you are revising.  
  • Make your revision active. Don’t just read notes. You could make flash cards, mind maps or use post it notes.
  • Watching videos online can really help to bring your notes alive!
  • Check for gaps in your knowledge. Test yourself by completing past papers or asking a friend to test you. This will help you to identify which topics you know well and what you need to concentrate on. 
  • Build in rewards for your revision eg: your favourite snack or using social media
  • Do the work! It’s less stressful to actually do some revision than just to think about it and then feel bad because you haven’t done any.
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Revision: techniques you might like to try

Index cards, mind maps and notes

  • Useful to record key points
  • You can highlight with colours and add pictures
  • Try apps such as Trello where you can create online index cards which you can then have to hand on your phone

Learning posters and visual materials

  • You can make patterns, use colour, symbols and drawings
  • Use them to cover key points and topics
  • You can draw diagrams for your course if you feel that's relevant
  • Put up any posters or other visual materials somewhere that you'll see them often as this will help to memorise what's on them

Key words, phrases, themes or concepts

  • Look at what they key words are for any topic you're revising and note them
  • You may wish to then add certain phrases or a couple of sentences to expand on the key words
  • Writing a short summary can also help and you could also add an example or a diagram if you feel that's relevant

Teach someone and/or revise with a friend

  • You might like to teach a topic to a friend also studying the same subject
  • Thinking through a topic with a friend can also help - just remember to focus and not get distracted
  • You can help each other fill in any gaps in your knowledge

Reinforcing your memory

  • Review all your key points at the end of any revision session
  • Keep reviewing topics regularly as again this can help your memory to keep hold of information
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You can find lots of help and advice with coping with revision and exams.  Here are some useful links:-