Top Ten Revision Tips
- DON’T PANIC!
- Make a plan to revise little bits of each subject up to the date of the exam.
- START NOW! If you leave it, panic will set in.
- Use different “tricks” to help you learn, e.g. memory tricks such as ROYGBIV (Richard of York gave battle in vain) to help remember the colours of the spectrum.
- Don’t revise for more than an hour - build breaks into your plan.
- Treat yourself when you’ve worked hard. (Watch Coronation Street or have some chocolate!)
- Find somewhere quiet and calm to revise. Leave the telly and CD off!
- Be positive! Look at what you’re good at first to give you a boost, then gradually tackle the harder topics.
- Work hard and play hard. Build in some of the three Rs – Rest, Relaxation, Recreation as well as Reading, Riting and Rithmatic. (Excuse the spelling).
- On the night before, pack your bag with all that you need and go to bed early to get a good rest.
Memory cards are a great way to condense your revision notes and help you remember all those important facts for the exams
- Summarise: Once you have written out your revision notes, it's time to condense that information into small manageable facts. This is where memory cards come in to play.
- Word power: For each topic, write bullet points of key facts on a set of index cards.
- Organise: Categorise the facts into sub-categories, then sub-sub-categories so you can understand how they all link together.
- Link: Don't just remember the key facts on the cards. They should act as prompts for all the other revision facts you've been learning.
- Be portable: The great thing about small index cards is that you can put them in your bag/pocket and take them anywhere. That way you can look at them on the way to Hollins or even when you're out shopping!