Top Revision Tips - Your Work

1.    Draw up a well-planned revision timetable. Here are some top tips:

•    List all your subjects and the main topic areas of each subject.
•    Decide how many hours you want to dedicate to each subtopic, and calculate a total time you need to give to one subject’s revision.
•    Don’t be unrealistic. Think carefully about how much revision you need to do for each subject, areas of weakness you need to concentrate more on and how much free time you have.
•    Look for places you can find more revision time by cutting out unnecessary activities like watching 3 hours of TV in one night. Revision doesn’t last forever and as soon as the exams are over you will have as much free time as you like.
•    Get the right balance of work and free time. Decide which times of the day you are going to work, and which times you are going to keep as free time. If you know you’re not a morning person, don’t plan to work in the mornings, or if you like to go to bed early, plan morning revision so you can take the evenings off.
•    Don’t plan to quit all your hobbies and commitments during the exam time. Cutting back may be necessary, but you still need opportunities to escape from revision.
•    Don’t plan to dedicate a whole day to one subject, it’s much more effective to spend a revision slot on one subject and then move onto another after your break.
•    Draw out your revision plan and pin it somewhere prominent.

 

2.    Vary your methods of revising. Here are some ideas:

•    Write out summary notes of your class notes, including key points and ideas.
•    For essay subjects, draw up some plans for possible essays you could get in the exam. If you already have some ideas in your head, this will save a lot of time and stress in the actual exam.
•    Make record cards with key facts and figures on.
•    Have some brief note cards to read over before bed.
•    Record yourself reading your notes on your phone or IPod and listen to the recording whilst brushing your teeth, walking your dog etc.
•    Use revision websites to help you with your revision.
•    Ask parents, relatives or friends to test you on your notes.
•    Revise in a group. Share ideas and test each other on what you know.
•    Find the syllabus of your course and make sure you have covered and know all the topics listed.
•    Use past papers and mark schemes which can easily be found online.
•    Practise doing practise essays and questions under timed conditions.
•    Write out key facts or dates and stick them in place around your house, such as your fridge door or above the bathroom sink.
•    Use revision guides, which can be bought online or in many book shops.
•    Download free revision podcasts from ITunes.
•    Make spider diagrams, mind maps and summary diagrams.
•    Write yourself quizzes on your revision notes and test yourself the following day.
•    Make revision cards with a question on one side, and the answer on the other so you can test yourself without having to nag other people to.

 

3.    Presentation is everything. Use colour!  It’s so much easier to learn notes which are clear, easy to understand and visually attractive. Here are some tips:

•    Use different coloured highlighters to highlight key words, facts or dates.
•    Use different coloured pens such as fine liners, felt tips or coloured biro pens.
•    Space out your notes using bullet points, tables and subheadings.
•    Underline key points you need to remember.
•    Use different coloured papers to write your revision notes on.
•    Draw small pictures or diagrams in your notes to help you remember certain facts by association.

 

4.    Great revision websites:

•    Get Revising: fill in your subjects, revision slots, commitments and exam dates and this free websites automatically creates you a colourful week by week schedule: http://getrevising.co.uk/timetable/intro
•    Languages Online: a great, free website to practise language skills with vocabulary, listening practise and grammar:
http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/
•    BBC Bitesize: BBC’s online revision site, excellent for Key Stage 3 and GCSE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/