Organisation: Collating Your Books and Notes

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Amy studied at the University of Bristol and is our revision blog guru. She only graduated recently so understands the pressures of being a student better than most, and is here to share her wisdom so that you revise effectively, smash your exams, succeed at school and write cracking university and job applications.

In order to revise effectively, it’s a good idea to collate your resources so that you know you have all the information you need in front of you.

This could include notes from class, text books, library books and revision guides, which you may then condense into your own comprehensive page of notes.

A good book of notes should be handwritten, colour coded and clearly divided into topics, subtopics and bullet points, so that they’re easy to visualise when you’re in the exam. Tick topics off of your topic checklist as you go, to ensure you don’t miss anything!

Revision guides from exam boards like CGP and AQA are great, as they will help you structure your revision effectively and are written with your specific exam in mind.

But make sure you’re not just mindlessly copying things down; concentrate and ensure you understand each thing you’re putting to paper before you move onto then next point.

Do it properly and you can be confident that if you need to know something, it’ll be in your notes! A collaborative approach is best though, using multiple reliable sources to make one set of great notes.

Top tip:

As you write your notes, tick topics off on your Topic Checklist to make sure you’ve covered everything! Download our Topic Checklist Template here.

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