When you’re at school, exams are never very far away and so revision is often top of the agenda for many students. Whilst there is no one approach that will work for everyone, a range of sound advice has developed over time. Here are a few suggestions. So here are our top tips for managing your revision.
Create a Revision Timetable
Building a revision timetable can add structure to your revision and help you identify which GCSE subjects you need to prioritise to get better marks. Creating a revision timetable is a great way to organise your study time, plus it also helps boost your motivation to revise for your exams.
Take Regular Study Breaks
If you feel stressed or tired and no new information is entering your head, then there is no point forcing yourself to study for hours upon hours as this will not result in a positive outcome. Taking regular study breaks and exercising is proven to re-engage your brain in studying and improve your exam performance in the long-run.
Use Mind Maps to Connect Ideas
If you find it difficult to remember tons of new study notes, Mind Maps may be the key to improving your memory. The theory behind mind mapping explains that making associations by connecting ideas helps you to memorise information easier and quicker.
Understand Your Learning Style
Everyone thinks that there is a best way to study but the reality is that each person is different. Once you understand whether you are a visual, auditory, reading / writing or kinaesthetic learner, then remembering and recalling new information will become much easier. Practice will also tell you if you work better studying during the night or in the morning / daytime.
Practice, Practice, Practice
One of the biggest recommendations that past students recommend is to do as many past papers as you can. Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the exam format, question style, time pressure and overall improve your ability to retrieve information quicker.
Collaborate with Classmates
If you find your coursework to be too much, why not divide the course study notes between trustworthy classmates and share your notes with each other. This will reduce the amount of workload you need to do to prepare for your exams and you will also gain an insight into how other students learn.
Variety is the Spice of Life!
Mix up your study habits and methods by listening to podcasts, watching videos or documentaries, moving to a new study area or even something as simple as using different colours for your study notes. Just try a few different things to see what works for you. Your brain will recall where you were or how you revised for a topic which will help you remember more information. Give it a go!
The Day of Your Exam
This can be the most stressful part of the entire examination experience. There are ways which you can minimise your anxiety, such as avoiding panicking friends, giving yourself plenty of time to get to the exam room and don’t underestimate the power of eating a healthy breakfast the day of your exams!
Adapt for Different Subjects
It may seem obvious but many students try to study for different subjects using the same study methods. Your revision should take account of the difference between your subjects and the challenges they represent. For example, flashcards are an ideal study aid to help you prepare for a language or science exam where you need to remember key definitions. An online quiz is a great way to test your maths skills, whilst notes would be hugely beneficial for English. Once you understand that your subjects need to be approached differently, there is no stopping you!