Revision Skills: Key revision tips

Revision should be a continuous process. Read through your notes after your lectures, at the end of the week and at the end of term. This will leave you with less work to do in the period before your exams.

  • Don’t leave your revision until two or three weeks before the exam.
  • Plan well in advance of the exams
  • Look at your course material and list the topics to revise for each subject.
  • Draw up a revision timetable. Start off with a smaller number of hours and increase these week by week.
  • Break up the day – remember how you need to stimulate your mind to help boost your concentration span.
  • Condense your notes into brief summaries of the main points of the topic.
  • Make your revision active – ask questions when you are reading. You may find the study advice sheet Reading Efficiently helpful with its suggestions for making your read Efficiently helpful with its suggestions for making your reading active.
  • Set up a card system on which to condense your notes. Summarize the main points:


  • Draw ‘spider’ diagrams to summarise information on a topic or to test yourself.
  • Practice answering questions from past exam papers.
  • Write some answers under timed conditions.
  • For every hour you work take ten minutes off. Don’t work longer than three hours at a time. Do something completely different. Go for a walk, take part in a sporting activity, listen to some music.
  • Prioritize topics nearer the time of the exam but don’t gamble on particular questions coming up in the exam.
  • Work with other students in group revision sessions. Discuss topics, share information within the group.
  • During revision time maintain a normal routine. Eat well, take exercise, don’t go straight to bed after revision. Try and relax.