Revision Tips

Hi guys! Though the summer term brings forth the end of the academic year and the summer holidays, it also(unfortunately) means exam season for students. GCSEs, SATs, other SATs, or even just end of year exams- we’ll all sure have a lot of revision to do. For example, I am meant to be revising for a science test at the minute, but I just keep getting distracted,so I ended up writing this instead. Anyways, let’s get straight into it.

1) Know how you learn: Revision is a very personal thing, so not all these tips or even ones teachers give you may be helpful. When you are revising, make sure you know what works for you and what’s the best way for you to learn; flashcards, repetion, writing it out- whatever works.

2) Know what you need to learn: Most teachers will give you a syllabus telling you what will come up on your tests. Print a copy of this out or keep it with your notes so you don’t have any nasty surprises when you open up that paper.

3) Leave yourself a time- cushion: This is really, really obvious, but don’t cram your revision in the night before! Most schools have 1-2 weeks where all the exams are done in the classes, so chances are that you will be doing multiple exams every day for 10 days.  This can be overwhelming, even for the ‘perfect’ student, so make sure you spread out your revision so you don’t end up  conjugating French verbs whilst learning how to solve quadratic equations at 2 in the morning!

4) Timetable: This doesn’t work for everyone. I consider myself a pretty organised person, but every time I have tried to timetable my work schedule, I have always miserably failed and de- motivated myself somehow. One of my close friends on the other hand timetables her whole revision schedule a couple of weeks beforehand, and this always works wonderfully for her. I suggest you try this out for yourself, but here’s what I recommend: if you’re a fairly busy person, this won’t work for you; if your timings are more flexible, this is the path to success.

5): Have last-minute notes: This is NOT an excuse for you to put-off revising. Last minute notes should be bullet points or quick keywords that help jog your memory ( stuff that covers the key points and stuff you are likely to forget; for eg: formulas).  I find them useful just before you enter the exam, or even the night before. At this point, you should know all the material for the test; don’t introduce new concepts just before a test and expect to do well on it. You’ll already be panicking, so your brain won’t really absorb anything- this is why you revise beforehand, so even if your common sense fails you, your memory and hard work from before will come and save the day. 

6) Get a good night’s sleep: Have a early night in, so you’re refreshed and good to go in the morning. 

7) Keep calm: Your instinct will be to panic; just take a few deep breaths and collect yourself. Remember, at the end of the day, it’s just a test. As Edison famously said, ‘ Tomorrow is my exam but I don’t care because a single piece of paper cannot decide my future.’

And that’s all. Just revise hard, and you’ll be fine! Good luck for your exams!!

P.S- The tips above don’t include really obvious stuff like ‘ don’t use your phone’. If you are smart enough to read this, I am sure you don’t need me to tell you those obvious ones!

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