Many students who are about to take exams are beginning to think about revision for those all-important exams. In truth, however, it can be a struggle to know the best way to revise. Whether you need a private tutor to help you or revising on your own steam, the following tips should support you through your exams.
Following Elite Tutors Sussex’s 11 step guide to revising for this year’s exams will help to make revision manageable and dare we say…enjoyable?
Tip 1: Start as early as possible.
One of the major revision pitfalls is leaving revision to the last minute and ruining your Easter holiday when you need to recharge and brush up- not overload and burn out.
Tip 2: Do a little bit every day.
Even if you just read one chapter or look at one set of notes, revising in this way ensures you aren’t overwhelmed and panicking nearer to the exams.
Tip 3: Draw up a revision timetable.
Plan small bits of revision and then you can do more if you have the energy. This will make you feel like you are accomplishing and maybe even smashing your revision goals! Start early and don’t fall into the trap of leaving it to the last minute.
Tip 4: Use colourful index cards.
Using colours and pictures aides memory- fact. Making short summaries on coloured cards will enable your memory to activate more readily in a stressful situation (which exams can definitely be).
Tip 5: Know yourself as a learner.
Understanding the best way that works for you is king. Some people love to make mind maps, some people work better with written notes- others like videos. Know what works for you…. and do that.
Tip 6: Work with others.
Discuss, study and check each other’s understanding. Discussion is one of the best forms of learning according to John Hatties ‘ 256 Influences on learning’. Whether you get a private tutor, ask a family member or a friend, discussing and going over notes together can really help.
Tip 7: Draw up a revision timetable.
Plan small bits of revision and then you can do more if you have the energy. This will make you feel like you are accomplishing and maybe even smashing your revision goals! A healthy approach would be an hour of revision followed by a 20-minute break….repeat.
Tip 8: Revise by ear/eye.
Record yourself answering some practice papers orally. Listening to your own voice can help memory. Alternatively, make a short video and replay!
Tip 9: Use past exam papers.
Ok, it’s not anyone’s favourite way to learn, but it does give you practice and helps you to become familiar with the format of exam papers and what they require from you.
Tip 10: Keep a positive mindset.
Staying positive in any situation is always the best course of action and this is especially true with revising. Self- talk (I can do this/I’ve got this) is a helpful strategy as well as making sure you take steps to reduce stress (exercise, mindfulness etc.) which can impede your memory if left unchecked.
Tip 11: Stay healthy.
Sleeping properly and eating well will ensure you have a mind that is receptive to both learning and revising what you have learned. Taking plenty of breaks, drinking enough water and getting fresh air will all help your revision plan.