In this section you will find information to help with your revision and tips how to cope with the exams.
Revision is the Key to Success
Planning is the Key to Revision
A revision timetable helps you to:
- Make realistic plans
- Use your time efficiently and effectively
- Assess your progress and - if necessary - amend plans accordingly.
It's worth spending time on your timetable! Once it's done, you're free to concentrate solely on the business of revision.
Some people produce a weekly or daily timetable; others prefer notes in a diary, or a wall chart covering the entire period.
- Draw up a blank timetable, with days and dates clearly marked, for your entire revision period.
- On your timetable, fill in times of:
- your exams
- school/HWK including any revision sessions
- other activities / commitments that are 'fixed' and predictable.
- Decide on the periods you'll use for revision and mark them in
- Check that the timetable looks realistic. Are the revision periods of a reasonable length? Are they at times of the day when you study effectively? Have you allowed yourself breaks for meals, relaxation, laundry, etc?
- Allocate your major revision topics to the periods you've marked.
- Break down your major revision topics into smaller units.
This makes your planning more precise, and gives you a better indication of your progress once your revision is under way
Tips for BEFORE the Exam
- Create a distraction-free study environment, where you have all the equipment you need for your productive study sessions.
- Create a revision timetable. Click on the link above to get you started!
- Prioritise the most important topics first. Try not to spend too long on the topics you find easiest and know well already.
- Arrange study sessions to be a maximum of 30 minutes long. Revision uses up a lot of energy. It does you good to have a bit of a move around. Make sure you have at least a 5-minute break to refresh.
- Keep a glass of water with you during your study sessions, to keep you hydrated and your concentration levels up.
- Get fun and creative with your revision to keep it interesting. Mix up memory techniques, make post-its to stick round the house, create A-maps, draw pictures, make up songs, practice questions – whichever methods work for you!
- The night before your exam, make sure you have everything you need for it (including spares), and you know what time you need to be at the exam. Have a good dinner, relax and visualise walking into the exam calm, positive and in control.
- On the morning of the exam, have a yummy breakfast, leave plenty of time to arrive, stay away from negativity and breath deeply. You’ve got this!
Tips for DURING the Exam
- Look through all the questions before answering any. This will help you plan your time to write your answers.
- Read questions carefully to make sure you understand exactly what they are asking.
- Along with your answers, show your workings out and make them really clear for the examiner to read – you may get some extra marks!
- Try not to spend so much time answering the harder questions, that you miss out on the easier marks, or get stuck on one question. Keep going and leave time to go back to it.
- Try to answer all the questions you’re meant to (especially multiple choice questions), even if it’s just your best guess. Give it a go!
- Double-check your answers to make sure they make sense, plus you can gain extra marks for correct spelling and grammar.