The revision period is perhaps the most important time in your school calendar, and with it can come added pressure and stress. However, MyTutorClub have successfully helped hundreds of students through this testing period, so here are 10 of our top tips for revising.
#1 Revision Timetable
Make sure you have a well-planned out revision timetable for the weeks and months ahead. Spend some time getting this right and ensure you give each topic the commitment that it needs. Trying to plan your day once you have awoken will lead to decreased productivity!
#2 Summary Notes
Take summary notes on the key points of the topic you are learning rather than just reading heaps of information. Be sure to use pen and paper over laptops as multiple studies have shown that this is a more effective method of retaining and memorising information.
#3 Regular Breaks
Break up your daily revision into smaller chunks; best practice is to revise in 30-60 minute blocks with a 5-10 minute break in between. Some students have found working and taking breaks at the same time as their school schedule helps them to stay in routine.
#4 Use Revision Guides
Alongside revision classes, your class notes and your school textbooks, be sure to use revision guides such as those from CGP. Guides like these are packed full of useful tips and knowledge to help you achieve the grades you are after at a small expense.
#5 Past Papers
Past papers are one of the best resources available to students during revision, so be sure to familiarise yourself with each one. Revisit the papers that you score lower on, and test yourself again as these will show you where you have gaps in your knowledge, while the ones you have scored highly on, leave to the side; don’t take the easy option by only answering what you know!
#6 Family & Friends
Ask for help from those around you, whether this be from family, friends or even teachers. Get them to test you and give you feedback; this is just another way of learning and retaining information.
#7 Collaborate With Classmates
Some of MyTutorClub’s most successful students are the ones who have worked and studied with their classmates by sharing knowledge and notes. You can even try having study sessions together; it will mix up your revision schedule while also giving you yet another way to learn.
#8 Think Positive
Make sure that you keep a positive mind-set as generally, the way you think about a situation is what makes that situation become a reality. Start your revision early, drill down into the areas that you don’t feel as confident on and work hard; then you’ll have no reason not to feel positive!
#9 Find A Quiet Place
This is one of the most important tips when it comes to your revision; make sure you find a quiet place to revise where you can work uninterrupted. If your house will be quiet then great, but a good idea is to work at the local library as your home can sometimes be distracting. Switch between different places to keep your revision interesting.
#10 Look After Yourself!
Most importantly, make sure that you look after yourself! Get 8 hours of sleep each night and exercise regularly as this has been proven to stimulate your brain. Eating brain foods like whole grain cereals or oily fishes will also be beneficial.
Implement these top 10 tips into your revision routine and you’ll be sure to ace your exams. If you want to discuss your revision schedule further get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org