For some, exams are still going on, so here are some useful tips to help guide you with revision and hopefully make it more fun!
- Find out from your teacher exactly what you need to revise
Sometimes not all chapters/topics of the module need to be revised for an exam. Therefore, it is important to check with your teacher what you need to study to make sure that you don’t learn too much unnecessary information for the exam.
- Make a revision timetable
Weeks before exams begin it is a good idea to make a weekly timetable, either on word, excel or it can be hand drawn, so that you know exactly what you need to revise each day. This will help you to get work done so you don’t fall behind with what you need to revise in time for the exam!
- Find a suitable study space
Some people prefer to study in complete silence to stop themselves from getting distracted and some people prefer to study with some background noise. A good place to go is generally a library, because there are usually places with both the background noise or you can go to the silent study area. I usually find that when I study in my room at home I can be very lazy, therefore I usually prefer to go somewhere outside of home, but everyone’s preference is different!
- Give yourself breaks
Factor breaks into your timetable, otherwise revision will drive you crazy! Having a break every couple of hours will give you time to relax your head and begin revision again with a fresh mind.
- Find a study technique that will help you to remember things
Some people remember things by colours, so you may like to write different topics in different colours or highlight key words, so in the exam you will relate the colour to that topic or word. Some people like to draw pictures and diagrams to remember things as they can picture them in their head in the exam, whereas others just prefer to read through their typed or written notes. Sometimes studying with a friend can help, because then you can test each other and ask each other for advice if you are unsure of anything.
- Practice past papers
Past papers will give you an idea of the layout and style of the exam, so when you are in the exam you don’t get a shock if you thought it would be multiple choice but it turns out to be essay style questions! Occasionally, the same or similar questions might come up again, therefore it is good to practice so you know what to write about.
I hope this helps you. Best of luck in your exams!