Revision tips to help you ace your exams

Revision, revision, revision. We all know it’s not the most enjoyable task but it’s one that has got to be done.

Often students will leave it as late as possible to start as they don’t want to acknowledge that their exams are getting closer and closer by the day.

But the earlier you can start revising the less pressure there is on you to fit it all in. 

And don’t forget it’s all for a good cause – your future – and there are many ways to make the task more manageable and less overwhelming.

Allow plenty of time. The later you leave it to begin your revision, the more you are likely to panic as your exams draw near. 

Speak to your teachers as they will be able to advise you on a suitable time to start hitting the books.

Find somewhere at home where you feel comfortable to work and make sure it’s quiet and uncluttered as this will help you focus. But try not to revise in front of the television or computer as these distractions are bound to prove too tempting.

Make a revision timetable – you can see what needs to be done and plan your time correctly.

Split your revision into small chunks – you can’t expect to concentrate for hours and take everything in. Set your phone alarm for 45 minutes and then take a short break away from the books. Keep repeating to make sure you are taking frequent breaks during your revision session.

Review and summarise your notes. Pick out the key points and write them down again. One of the best ways ways to memorise information is by making notes over and over again.

Revision cards – get a pack of blank postcards and write down the main points for each topic. You can take them where you go to test yourself

Revise with your friends – If friends are taking the same exams then arrange to get together to do some occasional group revision – as long as they will not distract you! You will be able to review notes and test each other. Talking to your mates, who understand what you’re going through, will make you feel less stressed. 

Do plenty of past papers to familiarise yourself with the exam style and the type of wording used for the questions. If you get these checked by a teacher, you will learn how they are marked too.

Eat well and drink lots of water. Keeping blood sugars level will help your concentration and motivation.

Keep testing yourself. Once you have completed a topic, don’t just put it to one side. Keep going back and reviewing it again as repetition will improve your memory.

Get plenty of sleep. Make sure you are well-rested because being tired will not help you perform at your best.

Allow time to exercise. Keeping active is important and will provide a good break away from your revision. Even if you just go for a quick walk – the fresh air will clear your head and perk you up.

Find ways to relax. When you are planning your revision schedule, leave some time for your hobbies or seeing your friends because this will help you to switch off your brain for a bit.

And finally, stay positive. If you go into to it expecting to fail and letting yourself get stressed, you are going to find the whole experience thoroughly miserable. Put it all into perspective, you can only do your best and as long as you do that everyone will be proud of you, no matter what actually happens on results day.


GUIDE TO BEATING EXAM DAY NERVES


Get a good night’s sleep –  don’t stay up late cramming as it will impact on your performance in the exam.

Have a good breakfast – Don’t try to do an exam on an empty stomach.

Arrive on time – Aim to get there at least 10-15 minutes before the start of your exam to give you some breathing space before you begin.

Focus on you – don’t get distracted by what others are doing, you can’t judge how well you are doing by how other people are behaving.

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