How to: Revision

So exams are coming up really soon, and I know how much of a struggle revision can be, so I thought that I would share a few tips that I have researched and learnt through experience to hopefully help you get the best out of your revision.

1. Dont leave it until the last minute!

Yes, i know this may seem like such an obvious tip, but it is the most important! It is so difficult not to slip into the depths of procrastination and there is only so many times that you can use the 'I'll start tomorrow' excuse. Make sure that you plan a revision timetable including what you are going to revise on what day and the dates of the exams, remembering to take into account that some exams may need more revision time than others. I know that starting weeks/months in advance may seem a bit over the top, but trust me, this will definitely help you to avoid the dreaded last minute cramming.

2. Revision techniques

There are so many revision techniques out there, so dont worry if one doesnt work for you because everyone's brains work differently, and you're sure to find one that works. Some of the more popular and effective methods are:

● Flow charts & Diagrams

If, like me, you have the memory of a goldfish and struggle to take in information just by looking at endless paragraphs of words, this technique is the one for you. Visual aids are helpful as all the information is in one place and in a really easy to understand format. Also, you will be able to picture your chart or diagram in your head and be able to pick out the bits of information that you need to answer the question, like a sherlock mind palace (sorry im a bit of a Sherlock nerd lol).

● Practice old exam papers

This is the technique that I used most when revising for A levels. It helps you to get used to the timing and format of questions, and theres only so many questions that examiners can ask you so theres bound to be a differently worded repeated question somewhere right?!

3. Revise with others

One of the best ways to make revision a bit more fun is to revise with friends. (Okay so revision is never fun, but it might make it that little bit more bearable). Organising a study group and meeting up regularly means that you actually get revision done, and questions that you may have about a particular topic, your friends may have the answers to, if not theres always google!

4. Take regular breaks

After hours of grueling learning and a rather sore head, a break is definitely welcomed. Studying for a long period of time can actually be counter productive, so make sure to take regular breaks to relax and try to get some good ol' fresh air.

5. Food and Drink

You may not associate food and drink with studying, but it is one of the most important factors when it comes to revision.

Healthy food has a big impact on raising energy levels and keeping you focused, so try and stay away from the junk food. Foods that have been proven to boost concentration and memory are:

● Fish
● Nuts
● Seeds
● Yoghurt
● Blueberries

Dont worry though, you will have plenty of time to pig out after your exams!

Also, water is like brain fuel so staying well hydrated is crucial for you to work best. Make sure that you drink plenty of it during revision and throughout your exam.

I know it's not much, but I hope you have gained something by reading this.

Good luck!

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