Revision – It’s hard
It’s coming to that time of the year again, in just two months, the life defining GCSE and A Level exams will be under way. This might sound like a very long time away but I can assure you – it comes around quickly.
How you learn and how you revise differs for every person. Some people may have a visual type or even audio type memory, so you have to make sure you cater to your specific needs and figure out the best way that you learn, remembering to focus on that technique.
We asked everyone in the office what the best revision technique was for them – ( some more useful than others, but each to their own) :
- Rebecca – “I’d write everything down over and over again to explain it to myself till I understood it. Still do it now!”
- Nick – “Reading a chapter of those revision books, and rewriting it all in bullet points. Do like a chapter a day.”
- Chris – “Answering previous exam questions.”
- Rosie – “For me it was kinaesthetic and audio. “
- Gurpreet – “Highlighting the key notes, someone asking me questions about the topic, revision clubs at school with support of the teachers.”
- Matt – ” Don’t sleep before the exam, go straight in there and smash it.”
- Lisa – “Make a timetable, record notes on cassette (ha ha it was 1985!), read and listen to notes at same time then repetition, repetition, repetition.”
- Amelia – “ Going over and over past exam papers – in exam conditions then using the marking scheme seeing where I went wrong – or right on the odd occasion.”
- Martyn – ” Led Zepplin 4 very loud. “
- Adam – “ I tended to use analogies, rhymes, breaking complex tasks down into smaller ones, flashcards tended to work for languages etc. Science or mathematical related topics required remembering reams of equations which you learnt and then soon forgot after the exams..”
- Nathan – “Revision books for subjects I struggled with and mock exams. I did it in 25 minute bursts with 5-10 mins off. “
- Jane– “Stick post it notes all round the house. SO when you are brushing your teeth or making a cup of tea you are still revising. “
We have also collected together some extra tips to help your revision process:
- Start revising – enough time in advance.
- Don’t spend ages making your notes pretty – focus on what is important.
- Take short breaks ( not every 10 minutes – every hour)
- Use revision guides and criteria. (focus on what you know could be brought up in the exam)
- Practice exam papers and a marking scheme – they will help you to write in exam conditions and will help you to understand what the question actually wants and not what you think it may want.