We know that revising can be difficult, but putting in the work now will pay off when you get your results. We’ve put together seven top revision tips to help your hard work go even further:
1. Create a revision timetable
Structure your revision by planning your time according to subject and the assessment date. If you need extra support with a particular subject, you can also factor this into your timetable. Working in sessions means you’ll take in much more information than working continuously and the earlier you start revising, the more you’ll remember.
2. Take breaks
There’s no point forcing yourself to reread the same paragraph for the fifth time. Taking regular breaks will engage your brain much more effectively. Plan your start and finish times to give yourself set study periods and give your brain more a chance to absorb all that information.
3. Avoid distractions
Try and avoid distractions when revising by turning off the TV and your phone; you can use these during your study breaks. Keep your phone out of reach so you’re not tempted to check Insta or your text messages. Avoiding technology altogether and writing by hand is even better, as your brain is more engaged with the learning process.
4. Repetition, repetition, repetition
Repeating information is one of the best ways to remember it. You can do this by reading information in the textbook, writing it out by hand, putting it all into a mind map, and then re-reading your written notes. You can also try doing practice papers to replicate the real thing. Practice different formats, question styles and time pressures to get used to a range of methods.
5. Teach someone else
Teaching other people is a really good way of making sure you understand what you’re learning. Answering their questions will give you a different perspective on things and you can also bounce ideas off one another.
6. Get some sleep
Sleep gives your brain a rest from all the revising and lets the information sink in as your memories consolidate. Make sure you don’t stay up too late studying and get a good night’s sleep to be refreshed in the morning.
7. Create mind maps
Mind maps are a fantastic way to commit information to memory as it connects ideas, making it easier to understand and remember. Make these as colourful as possible to make your notes stand out from the page and to categories different sections.
Revision doesn’t have to be dull. STABILO’s point 88 pens come in 55 different colours and are perfect for making your revision notes something to remember.