Simple 21 Revision Tips For Exams That Anyone Can Use
Everyone takes in information differently and when it comes to revision you may find that none of it is going in at all! The simple 21 revision tips below are the best tips that have helped 1000s before you through their exams.
You will find these revision tips apply no matter what stage of education you’re at; KS2, GCSE, A-Level, college or university. Use these 21 revision tips to get the best out of your revision and avoid the exam stress!
Use these simple and effective 21 revision tips:
- Study in a quiet place away from all distractions. This includes your TV, game consoles and computers. This may seem obvious but it is one of the best ways to ensure you absorb as much revision material as possible.
- It’s better to start revising sooner rather than later. You’ll be able to revise at your own pace and you’ll feel better for it. Revise months in advance, not days.
- Record yourself reading notes and then on occasion, listen to your notes instead of reading them!
- Always let your family know when you’re revising. By creating a Revision Timetable family members will know not to disturb you.
- Try creating summary notes at the end of each page or topic of your revision notes. This simple method of summarising (in writing, pictures or scribbles) is much easy to memorise than pages full of text.
- Get help from others. Ask your friends and family to quiz you on your notes. This is a great way to test and encourage yourself.
- Revise at a desk, not your bed. Revising in your bed will naturally make you feel more sleepy.
- Attend revision classes. As boring as it can be, your teachers know better than anyone else what examiners are after.
- It’s not all about revision, you must also take time out to relax. Have fun and dedicate a set time (and be strict!) to unwind and have fun.
- Get 8-hours of sleep each night to help you recover and build a routine.
- Don’t forget to eat well. Get your dose of daily brain foods by snacking on nuts, bananas, blueberries and wholegrain foods (cereal, whole wheat pasta etc.).
- Take regular 5-minute breaks to have a chance to recover. Take them every hour, not every 10 minutes. Remember to be strict with yourself and don’t stray over the time you set aside for breaks.
- Don’t underestimate the power of having positive thoughts when revising and taking your exams. Remember exams aren’t everything in life, if it doesn’t go to plan; it’s not the end of the world!
- Use revision guides to help aid your revision. Revision guides are designed to help you and the best ones cover everything your examiners will be marking you on.
- When your school is on study leave, keep your routine the same. Get up at the same time you would for school and get you revision in early. This way you’ll get the work done early and have the evenings to yourself to relax.
- For some people, sticking revision notes around the house really helps! This may sound a little odd, but memories can be triggered through the use of familiar objects so in your exam you may think “WWII History, that was stuck to my wardrobe door!”
- Don’t waste time by trying to make your notes look pretty. Clear notes yes, but trying to turn you bullet points into the next Mona Lisa will just waste precious revision time. Try limiting your highlighters to just 2-3 different colours.
- Before you start your revision, get your drinks and snacks ready and by your side. This way you won’t have an excuse to leave your revision every 5 minutes.
- Again another odd top tip on the list, but for many a useful one…try revising your key revision points by reading them in an accent. Try and Irish accent to help those tricky points stick!
- Don’t just read out your notes from class, you must write your revision notes down. A simple and basic revision tip, but a very important one.
- Spend time taking lots of practice paper tests. By understanding what questions you’ll be up against and how you’ll be marked in your exam, you can really get an edge and know exactly what to revise. Understanding how examiners will mark questions you answer is key to passing. Practice papers are a great way to do this and How2become have a whole range for KS2, 11+, GCSE and University Admissions Tests practice papers designed to help you in your specific subjects.
Good luck with your exams! Remember, stay focussed on your revision and don’t procrastinate!