19 Revision tips to help you succeed
It is that time of the year again. Whether you are studying for GCSE’s, A levels, degree or professional exams; here are 19 revision tips to help you succeed.
- Start Revising Early
You can’t rush effective revision. By starting early on, and spreading out the workload for each exam, great revision strategies will help your brain to retain information and ensure that you feel less stressed along the way.
- Prioritise And Plan Your Revision
Spending time with friends and family is important – so planning your free time, revision strategies and prioritising your tasks will help to ensure that you maintain a productive work-life balance
- Make A Revision Schedule
Once you know where your free time is, create a detailed (but realistic) revision schedule, that includes a breakdown of what you need to do and when. More importantly, try to stick to it as much as possible.
- Make A To-Do List
The satisfaction of writing a list of tasks to complete in a day, then ticking them off one by one, will help you to stay motivated and feel on top of your revision timetable.
- Reward Yourself
For each thing you tick off your to-do list, reward yourself. Whether it’s with a break, a coffee, or a snack, having something tangible to motivate and reward yourself with will help to keep you going.
- Invest In Stationery
What better motivation to get studying than with some shiny new stationery? It might seem trivial, but having new pens, notebooks, highlighters, and sticky pads to make revision notes can really boost your focus and motivation pre-exam.
- Take Regular Breaks From Revision
If you’re serious about using your time effectively, taking regular breaks is absolutely essential for boosting energy levels, focus and brain power. Try cycles of one-hour study sessions, with a 15-minute break.
- Do Not Get Distracted From Revision
It’s easier said than done – but when you are revising, try to remove all distractions (like watching a film “in the background”). Keeping your study time and your relaxation time separate from each other will make your revision much more effective and leave you with more free time to do the things you enjoy.
- Ask For Careers Advice
While you’re around friends, family members and university lecturers, why not seek their advice? If you have an uncle who works in a bank, for example, and you’re interested in graduate jobs in the Banking & Finance sector, ask them questions about their experience and the path they took to get there – still counts as university work, right?
- Tick Things Off
Make a checklist of things to complete, and for each one you tick off, reward yourself. Whether it’s with a break, a coffee, or a sweet treat, having something tangible to motivate and reward yourself with will help to keep you going.
- Make Revision Fun
Being creative about your revision is a big part of keeping yourself motivated. Whether you learn well from designing colourful flash cards, revision notes, or writing a song, try out some fun and memorable ways to revise for each exam.
- Be Strict With Your Revision
It is all well and good setting out a plan, but actually completing your revision exactly as laid out on your revision timetable is always going to be more difficult. We’ve all fallen victim to procrastination at one time or another – but if you’ve been realistic with your schedule, be strict with yourself about the times you do have to spend studying, and then reward yourself for your hard work.
- Fuel Your Body, Fuel Your Mind
Resisting the temptation to eat junk food to reward yourself for revision isn’t easy – but eating only salty, sugary, and high-fat foods will only make you feel sluggish and damage your concentration.
- Find A Good Work Environment
If your housemates or family members are milling around your house, and you’re finding it hard to focus, taking yourself to a local library or a nearby coffee shop will help you to concentrate without any disturbances.
- Get Moving
Studies show that exercise can have a hugely positive impact on concentration and energy levels – so try to do some physical exercise every day you set aside to revise.
- Study With Friends
There is always the tendency for this to become unproductive, but it is possible to study with friends in an effective way. Why not try teaching a friend the information you need to remember. If you can teach it to them (and they understand it), chances are you know it!
- Do Not Work At Night
Try to set yourself a cut-off time every night. Whether this be 5pm or 10pm (maybe you like to start earlier, maybe you hit your stride in the late afternoon), make sure to stop at the time you have set, and take time to relax and wind down from there. Working endlessly into the night will not be productive – making you more tired, sluggish, and less likely to retain key information the following day.
- Take Time Off From Your Revision Schedule
Presuming that you have managed your time effectively, it should be feasible to take at least one or two days off completely before exam season.
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