It’s almost exam time, and you’ve probably been at the books for a little while now. So to keep you from getting stuck in a rut, we thought we’d suggest a few more revision tips that really work. When you’re revising for days on end, it’s important to switch up your methods.
The revision period can be a stressful time. With a higher concentration of hours spent studying, big expectations placed on exam results and constant opportunities to compare yourself to others, it’s very natural to be feeling stressed.
A little bit of ‘pressure’ can sometimes be positive, with the sense of urgency it provides giving you some motivation and helping you work with efficiency. But feeling overwhelmed, burned out and panicky definitely isn’t healthy. And it will even shut down productivity as your brain focuses on the fear. So you should be taking proactive steps to reduce stress and protect your health as well as increase exam success.
Revising can be tough at the best of times, let alone when it’s the school holidays and all you want to do is chill.
Keeping yourself inspired, motivated and focused can be a task in itself, and for most people will require some conscious effort. Here are our top five tips for keeping your head in the game during the second week of the holidays, so that you give yourself the best possible chance of nailing those exams.
For everyone else, Easter’s about eggs, chocolate, and cute floppy-eared bunnies hopping care-free through daffodils. For for those of you with exams coming up, it means something different.
If there’s one thing your future self would tell you it would be this: Do. More. Past. Papers.
Whilst it’s not most people’s idea of fun, past papers really are the key to exam success. They’re the most important part of the whole revision process; the culmination of all the revision you’ve been doing.
There are lots of factors that contribute to effective revision. We’ve spoken a lot about preparation and organisation, but what about the actual learning part?
It’s not always easy to know what to do when faced with pages and pages of notes, a big pack of flashcards, and a clock that’s ticking as your exam approaches. So here are a few things you can do to help that information stick, that we’ve found really work!
In today’s society efficiency is key. We’re all about downloading the latest app that will let us do things harder, better, faster, stronger. When it comes to revision then, why don’t we make efficiency a top priority?
You may joke with your friends about the myriad ways you procrastinate, and jest about how you’ve done, like, no revision lol – but when it comes down to it, at some point you’ve got to crack on.
One of the most overlooked but crucial parts of the whole revision process is making checklists for each exam to make sure you’ve covered everything. These can be divided into two types: The Content Checklist and The Past Paper Checklist. It’s essential that you cover everything on these lists before the big day. Here’s how to go about it.
Abraham Lincoln was right. If you fail to plan you are setting yourself up for a fall, particularly when it comes to revision.
Now that exam season is approaching, it's the perfect time to start thinking about your exam goals for this year. Because you can't get where you need to be if you don't know where you're going.
They say a workman shouldn’t blame his tools, and this is true for revision too. However the right tools will certainly help you do a far more effective, efficient and thorough job of revising!
Starting revision can be hard, but once you get into a good rhythm there will be no stopping you. Once you’ve set yourself some revision goals, you need to nail the process that will get you there.
Past Papers & Mark Schemes:
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