It’s easy to get lost when it comes to revision, especially when you have no idea where or how to begin. You need to develop your own technique that suits you best, however, it’s understandable if you haven’t the foggiest. So until then here are some top tips and methods…
Some of the most exciting types of shops are stationery shops, who knew? Pens, rubbers, highlights, and labels get students more excited than Riverdale (well, maybe not). It’s great to buy all of this equipment if you are really going to use it all. I am warning you, I have some sticky labels that never left their packets, sitting in the bottom of my drawers. If all of the stuff you are buying helps you, go for it, however, beware the trap of caring more about pens than your actual revision.
Make your revision look appealing but try not to waste your time in over-doing it. Drawing a detailed diagram of a pig to match your English ‘Animal Farm’ revision is not going to help, if you must, restrain yourself to a five-second sketch.
It is hard not to become self-deprecating when your classmate whips out a huge stack of perfectly written flashcards, but please don’t worry about it. Flashcards may be great but they are extremely time-consuming and not always helpful depending on your topic. If you are studying a language or memorising quotes then flashcards could be perfect for you: for languages, you can write a list of English verbs on one side and their counterparts on the other, and for quotes, you can ask a friend to test how many cards you can memorise. I would recommend that if you are using flashcards, limit yourself to using them for keywords or phrases only.
If you’re a visual learner this method may be for you. I had a friend who liked to be able to see all of the links in her subjects, so she made huge posters full of colours, arrows, and diagrams. She was able to understand the content a lot clear by seeing it in this way, whereas it confused me far too much! This technique can also be helpful as you can get an entire topic area on one page that you can easily refer back to later. Also, the posters are more accessible than other methods as they can always be displayed somewhere.
I learnt this method from my GCSE Biology teacher. It is a process of learning and memorising, rather than a creation of revision material, which I preferred. You begin with notes that you have made in previous lessons and slowly condense them until you have a page of words and short phrases. From this single sheet of paper, you attempt to recite everything you can about the topic while getting someone else to see if you have mentioned everything on the page.
For some, this method could be confusing, however, I found that it helped me to cover larger topic areas and it improved my knowledge of the subject in greater depth.
When it comes to exam techniques, this is how you prepare yourself well. Printing off loads of past papers can definitely come in handy during your revision. Start by completing a few papers without time restrictions but with the mark scheme so you can learn how to approach the exam questions. After developing your skills, move on to doing the papers without the mark scheme and then with time restrictions. This method can be helpful in noticing how the exam board wants you to answer certain types of question, and sometimes there can be repeated questions from previous years (especially at GCSE).
Many say that the best way to learn something is to teach someone else, and I couldn’t agree more. When you are teaching someone, you aren’t talking at them, you have to explain something in greater depth when they don’t understand and demonstrate with examples. Teaching requires you to think about your course material differently depending on who you are explaining it to, this causes you to think deeply and store the information better.
Ultimately the best revision will use a combination of these revision methods and maybe others too, so try to find what works for you. Remember revision is key so don’t underestimate its importance! There are many other methods that I haven’t mentioned and if you have a really great one feel free to leave a comment or contact me.
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