Easter holidays are rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about revision! Revision can be frightening, as the daunting nature of exams can make you feel overwhelmed; whether you’re a parent who wants to help your child, or a student who needs some tips, this post should be of help.
1) The magic word is PLAN! Before you start revision devise a timetable to factor in how many hours you’re going to spend on each subject a day, and how many breaks you’re going to take. The best revision plans have an element of strategy to them. Ordering your subjects in an effective manner can help to do this. For example, if your english exam is before your Maths then focus on English first. Or if you’re a whizz at Physics but struggle with History, then focus on History first.
2) Linked with the first tip, don’t cram. If you plan and structure your time effectively, there should be no need to have last minuet panic. If you set a reasonable amount of time each day to revise, and take regular breaks, then revision shouldn’t be stressful. Looking after your diet and getting regular exercise will make your revision go smoother as well!
3) Find a technique that suits you. Whether that’s cue cards, acronyms or spide-diagrams; everyone is different and figuring out early on what revision techniques work for you will make the process a lot more productive!
4) Get someone to help you revise. Testing yourself works, but it’s even more useful if you can talk through your revision with a friend or family member. If this doesn’t appeal to you, then Success4All are running a three day intensive revision course at the Newcastle Skills Centre.
5) Colour coding can help a lot! A device more commonly associated with creating revision notes, colour coding is a useful memory aid that can allow you to unify all the elements of your revision. Whether coded per subject, per module or per topic, matching the colours in your plan to your revision notes can provide an important subconscious link that may help your memory recall in the exam.
6) Make it fun (or as fun as revision can be). Create posters or stick cue cards around the house so that when you’re walking down the stairs you’re reminded of something- enjoying revision makes learning a lot easier.