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5 Revision Tips That Work!


The last few weeks before exams are always the hardest. Endless “what ifs” will spring to mind: what if you can’t remember the fact you need to answer a question? What if you are presented with a problem that has no clear or intuitive solution? What if you are asked to name all the distant relatives of Napoleon in your history test?

Students who really want to do well in the test often feel these worries more acutely, so here we give you 5 tips to help when it comes to revision:

1. Identify your favourite learning methods: Everyone has a preferred way to do things, and this applies to your learning and revising techniques as well. Once you find out what your favoured learning method is, it can yield remarkable results. If you retain information better through images or sounds, you can accompany your notes with photos and sound captions. If you tend to forget small yet important details, such as dates, it might be a good idea to watch an informative video that will help put these details in context. This can also make studying fun and novel for any subject.

2. Create your own space: Having your own little revision oasis can boost your productivity tremendously. It will help you feel more confident while studying and keep you away from distractions. Whether it’s a room with just a desk and a chair, or a quiet spot in your garden, creating your own space can work wonders.

student-leaning-book3. Take breaks: Trying to cram too much information into your brain will actually have a negative impact on your memory unless you have small breaks from time to time. Regular breaks help ease the tension and give your brain time to assimilate material before moving on to the next steps.

4. Break it up: Similarly, breaking your revision work up into appropriately sized chunks can help with memorising information and re-learning. It is best to create a plan that focuses first on the most important material, adding further details at later stages. Following the plan will also help you manage your time better.

5. Test yourself: Testing yourself or having someone else quiz you is one of the most effective ways to revise and memorise! Create your own mock exam sheets and try to include questions on the topics you find most challenging or more difficult. Practice makes perfect!

Apart from the benefit to your exam results, revision is also a very important part of the whole learning process. For more information on how you can improve your English learning while engaging in a range of fun activities – whether it’s summer or winter – check out our Year-Round Programmes here.