There are many different techniques for revision, and everyone has their own take on them. Some will work wonders for one person and not for another so try them all and see which ones you like. Below are some of my tips.
Revise under exam conditions.
Try and structure your revision to get your mind in the mood for exams. i.e. No music. No distractions. This really helps with exams as your body is used to the atmosphere and comfortable.
Start revising early.
The earlier you start the better. You can quite happily do half an hour every night from the beginning of the course, looking back over the work that you have learned that day and so far that week, revisiting work regularly. The best students don’t have to “Cram” in the last week or so before the exams because they know and have revisited their material.
Draw your work up into bright and colourful posters and put them on the wall. Read the posters every day, twice a day and you will know it in no time. When you know the poster turn it round so that it is facing the wall and shut your eyes. you should still be able to read the poster in your minds eye. The dream of this is that your mind is very good with pictures, (not so good with letters and words). If you are in the exam and know that the answer to the question is on one of your posters you should be able to shut your eyes and see it. It doesn’t get easier than this!
45 minute sessions.
Don’t revise for too long at any time. I like the 45 minute session followed by a 15 minute break. See how many of these sessions you can do in the day. REMEMBER that a short period of “Good” revision is better than a long period of “Rubbish” revision.
Goal setting is soooo important to effective revision. Don’t set unrealistic goals. Many people when it comes to revision will try to start with 8 or 10 hours of revision and then fail to meet the first target. This is negative and leads to bad feeling. Start with a simple goal. say 5, 45 minute sessions in a day of good quality work. You will probably manage 6 so will finish the day feeling great and rewarded. The next day you set the target for 6 and so on till you are achieving 8 or 9 sessions in the day. Remember that it is QUALITY not QUANTITY that counts. No point in bashing your head against a book for 9 hours if you don’t learn anything… Goals should be Quantitative and Discrete. i.e. you should be able to say categorically that the goal has been achieved or not achieved, so “Doing 5, 45 minute sessions of revision” is a good goal, “Revising for a day” is a bad goal.
It is really good to have a reward at the end. These come in many different forms.
- Parents can offer “Structured bribes” So £x for an A* grade, £x-y for an A grade £x-z for a B grade etc.
- A holiday once the exams are over to give you something to look forward to.
- Rewards could even be nightly. If you have a fvourite meal or treat you could have that if you achieve the goals that were set.
Really important to get a balanced diet with lots of energy and vitamins to help keep you fit and functioning at your best performance level. If you are short on energy in the afternoons why not try my energy drink to see if it will pick you up and help get those last few sessions done.