Ten tips to help make revision easier
Here are ten tips to help make revision easier and the exams more stress free :
- KNOW YOUR CORSE
Make a topic checklist by going through your AS specification or by asking your teacher. There are often great differences in the topics covered by different exam boards, so make sure you know what to revise.
- MAKE A REVISION TIMETABLE
Draw up a plan covering all topics and set a realistic number of hours for revision each week. Note the dates of your exams and leave a week or two before each exam for final revision.
- REVISE EFFECTIVELY
Short bursts of about 30 minutes followed by a bread work best. Make your revision active – summarise your notes, highlight key points, draw diagrams, use post-it notes, record yourself on cassette, ask someone to test you.
- BOOST YOUR MEMORY
Find the way of learning that suits you best. Try breaking down the topics into chunks and using key words, images, mnemonics, rhymes and colour-coding to trigger your memory.
- PRACTISE QUESTIONS
Get used to the style of questions used in the exams. Highlight the key words in the question, plan your response and ensure that your answer is relevant.
- THINK POSITIVE
Look back at your original plan from time to time, and realize the progress you have made. If there are areas that you find particularly difficult, ask your teacher for help.
- HANDLING STRESS
Start preparing for the exams early. Take breaks from revising, exercise regularly, eat and sleep well. Remind yourself that it will all be over in a couple of months!
- THE WEEK BEFOE
Allow time for final revision where you can go over essential or difficult points.
- THE NIGHT BEFORE
Look over a few points but don’t try to cram lots of new information. Get your equipment ready – pens, pencils, calculator, ruler etc. Have an early night.
10. IN THE EXAM
Follow all instructions in the exam paper. Read the questions carefully and ensure you answer the question asked. Check the number of marks available for each question and answer accordingly. Keep an eye on the time – make sure you answer the correct number of questions and leave time to read through your answers.
We hope you find this book useful in preparing for your exams.