Revising is tough. No student looks forward to revision, but your approach to it can make a huge difference to your final marks. It’s coming to the time of year when students at all levels are starting to think about revision for mock exams. The hard work begins, while the Christmas festivities seem an almost never-ending temptation to ditch the revision for something a little more fun. But, do not despair. In this blog post our experts at Tutor In have brought together some great advice that will mean your revision is effective and efficient. If you get this right it allows you to balance your work with some reward, which is essential to keep you motivated through the long weeks leading up to exams.
There are a number of approaches to revision that are as widespread as they are unhelpful. We’ve compiled a few of the things you should avoid when revising, so you don’t fall into the same traps as many others!
- Don’t revise constantly for as many hours as you can in the day. Many people think time spent at your desk is always good, but unless you give yourself structured breaks your revision can become counterproductive as you long to get away from your work and start to lose focus.
- Don’t just read through your notes from school or college. It’s important to go over what you’ve done, but just endlessly reading your own work will not help you to remember what you need to know for the exam.
Top tips for success!
Now we’ve covered the “don’ts” of revision, we need to go through a checklist to ensure your revision is effective and efficient. Use the following advice to streamline and upgrade your revision – your marks should respond nicely!
- Commit to regular revision each day. Write a revision plan at the start of your revision period and keep referring back to it and adapting it as you discover areas you need to focus on more closely. A smaller amount of revision each day is much better than cramming in as much as you can at the last minute.
- Revise in the right way. You need to condense your notes from school or college into easily understandable revision material (fit the key information for a whole topic onto one side of A4).You also need to regularly do practice exam questions and then mark your own work. Doing (and marking) practice questions is undoubtedly the best way to revise.
- Take regular breaks. You should take a short (15 minute) break for every 45 minutes you revise; as well as a couple of longer (1 hour) breaks per day. Use the time to do something you enjoy that can help to relieve stress – exercising is a great idea.
- Teach someone else. Once you’ve gone over a topic, have a go at teaching it to a friend. This is a really effective way of helping you remember information and learning how you would explain it in the exam.
- Rest. A simple bit of advice, but one that is often overlooked. Make sure you stay well rested with plenty of good nights’ sleep. Your brain can’t function properly without quality sleep – so make sure you look after it. [Note that this is not an excuse to have lots of epic lie-ins!]