Revision tips

Time to revise? Here's why it's worth it!

It might be tempting to put off your revision until the last moment, and to just cram the night before, but research has shown that spreading revision out over a longer period of time is one of the most effective studying techniques. It’s the best way to make sure that you’ll get through those crucial exams, but perhaps more importantly, you’re more likely to retain knowledge long-term if you revise it over the course of several weeks or months – so you’re setting yourself up well for future exams, too.

Here's some tips to get you started!

Start revising early and draw up a revision timetable. Set realistic goals and take short, frequent breaks to help you stay focused (and to check on the latest Instagram posts!).

Find a quiet space. You need a place where you can be uninterrupted for a few hours. Your room or a library will do. Be wary of public places like coffee shops - it's easy to get distracted!

Do it! Don't put it off, and get down to it in the morning. You are more likely to do all of your planned work for the day if you start early.

Do more than simply read your notes or copy them out. Active revision is by far the best way to memorise information. Making notes summarising what you read, organising it into different categories and creating diagrams will all help it go in and stay there.

Add a splash of colour. Using highlighters and drawing colourful maps will help you to memorise facts. but don't waste time trying to create a work of art!

Get smart with some memory tricks. Use mnemonics for sequences, like 'King Philip Came Over From Great Spain' for 'Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species' in biology. Learn different topics in different places; imagining the place can help recall the information.

Practice your handwriting. If you are used to doing your writing on a computer keyboard, all of the handwriting required in exams can come as a bit of a shock!

Get some past papers to get to know what sort of questions you're likely to be asked. Once you've done three or four past papers, many of the questions on the day should look familiar - or at least a little less daunting!

Exercise. Physical activity increases the heart rate which makes the blood circulate faster. This means that the brain gets more oxygen so productivity goes up, while tiredness and stress go down.

Reward yourself! It's important to find time to put the books away and do the things you enjoy, whether it's socialising with friends, going to the cinema or playing sports.

Need some extra motivation? Have a look at the courses your work could get you on!