How to revise – 3 great steps!

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How to Revise – three great steps!

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How to Revise

Step 1: Start your revision early!

Step 2: Set yourself small goals as well as big goals to help maintain your motivation. 

Step 3: Find the best method for you. Everyone’s brain works in a different way and while one method might work for the person sitting next to you, it may not work for you. 

To help you find the best method for you, here are our top techniques for how to revise!

  • Making notes – This is probably the most common method. As you read, you extract the key points from the information in front of you. ADVICE: Be selective
  • Creating flashcards – This is the process by which you condense your notes onto flashcards. By using these you are able to test your memory and therefore find out which topics need re-visiting. ADVICE: Colour coordination on flashcards can sometimes help jog your memory
  • Mind maps – If you are a visual learner then mind maps really help!  They aid you in organising information visually, which in turn helps to build a connection between what you see and the key details of the relevant topic. 
  • Using educational videos – This method is a great way for you to stay engaged in a topic. Making notes whilst the video is running is essential for this method. Examples of educational videos can be found on YouTube such as; Khan Academy, Maths watch, E-Rintoul and many more! ADVICE: Careful not to let yourself get distracted by the internet – click onto specific videos that you know will be beneficial to your learning. 
  • Teaching – This is an excellent way to test your knowledge of a topic. Try teaching a friend about a topic you are learning about. You can find satisfaction in knowing that if you have been successful, then you have not only understood the topic perfectly but have aided a friend in need. ADVICE: Try to be precise when teaching and careful not to speak too quickly!
  • Past Papers – There are only a handful of papers your exam board will release so only attempt past papers when you are ready to do so. Past papers are a great, if not the best, way to see how you handle the pressure and time management of an exam. It’s almost like going to your first job interview with the relevant experiences already in the bag!

In the links below, you will be able to find useful information on different revision techniques and how to stay motivated throughout your journey.