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Our top revision tips!

If you're revising and finding the whole process a bit tough, take a read through our top revision tips and you'll find it's not quite so scary after all.



Creating a revision plan can be quite a daunting task, but an important one.

Where do you start when you have so many topics to fit into a certain amount of time?

  1. Look at a typical week and working out the time you have available.
  2. Schedule in 1-hour sessions to fit within your time frame
  3. Change topics each session – this is really hard to begin with as you may have just got stuck into a subject but it is a really effective strategy. It focuses your mind to get a certain amount/task done in a set time and makes the time spent revising really count
  4. For each subject list the topics or pages in the book you need to cover
  5. Write down where you need to be in each subject at the end of each week to make sure you have revised everything. Don’t learn the first bits really well and rush the later content. The early work is probably the content you have already learned quite well (and the easier stuff). Now break down the content of each subject into weekly bites
  6. Schedule in a catch up slot on a Sunday. You can use this as an extra session if you get behind schedule or as a reward if you are up to date

Remember: If you miss a revision session it’s not the end of the world and no excuse to abandon your plan

Be proactive

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Revision should be active; don't just read through your notes

The most ineffective way to revise is to read through your notes. Not much goes in, your mind wanders and you spend ages “working” for very little learning

  • Make fact cards
  • Draw mind maps
  • Highlight notes
  • Make lists
  • Write essay plans
  • Answer past questions - around half of your revision time should be spent on past questions
  • Look at mark schemes & examiners reports. That is how you will learn what examiners expect you to put for questions, what gains marks and, equally importantly, what does not gain marks

Take a break

Don’t work for hours without a break.

Your memory & recall become less & less effective. Make sure you take a short break between each session. Grab a drink or a quick snack and then get back to it.

Quiet time

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For your revision sessions to be useful & worthwhile you need to make a few sacrifices.
  • Find a quiet place to work. Not with the TV on
  • Tell all your contacts on Facebook, text, etc. that you are exiting the social media world for 1hr.
  • Put phones on silent and out of sight; switch off Facebook etc. (you can do it!)
  • Your reward at the end of the session can be a quick communication frenzy. Hopefully telling everyone how brilliantly you have just worked!

Treat yourself

Don't let your hard work go unnoticed

During the week, make sure you include some leisure time (Friday evenings for e.g) and rewards in your schedule. The free time may need to be reduced close to the exams (but not if your planning has gone well).