Revision: top tips

The most ineffective way to revise is to read notes. Not much goes in, minds wander and too much time is spent “working” for very little learning. 

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Revision should be active!

Revision should be active – doing things, so…

·       Make fact cards

·       Draw mind maps

·       Highlight notes

·       Make lists

·       Write essay plans

·       Answer past questions

Don’t work for hours without a break - memory and recall become less and less effective. Plan your revision in sessions of up to one hour and take a short break between sessions.

Change topics each session – this is really hard to begin with, but it’s a really effective strategy. It focuses your mind to get a certain amount or task done in a set time, and makes the time spent revising really count.

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You'll need to make a few sacrifices...

For revision sessions to be useful and worthwhile you need to make a few sacrifices…

·       Find a quiet place to work, leave the TV switched off

·       Tell all your contacts on Facebook, Messaging, etc.. you are exiting the social media world for one hour.

·       Put phones on silent and move them out of sight, switch off Facebook, Messenger, Snapchat etc. (you can do it!). 

Your reward at the end of the session could be a quick communication frenzy; hopefully telling everyone how brilliantly you have just been revising!

Make sure you include lots of essay plans, past questions and past papers; application of knowledge has more marks than recall in some subjects.

Look at mark schemes and examiners’ reports. That is how you will learn how examiners expect you to answer questions, what gains marks and, equally and importantly, what does not gain marks.

Around half of your revision time should be spent on past questions.

Good luck!