My Personal Tips For Revision
1. Find your own personal space where you revise most effectively. Some people like revising in a library, others at the comfort of their own home at their own desk. Find where you like to revise and revise in the same spot because if you revise in the same spot and work efficiently, then your routine will become accustomed to that effective revision in that same spot and your brain will register that place as the place where you do effective revision. If you hate being in the same space all the time, then move around for your revision but try and have the same type of environment. For example, always revise in an environment where there are no distractions or always revise with your friends. Keep your environment and your surroundings familiar to optimise your revision.
2. We all have a favourite part of a course and a part of a course that we just hate. Well, I do anyway. It’s tempting to just revise the topics you like because it makes you feel that you know the whole subject inside out. That is obviously not the case if you are neglecting and pushing the hard topics or the ones that you don’t like to one side. Revise both the hard and easy topics. It sounds obvious but you don’t know how many students fail because all they revised were topics that they liked or they prioritised one subject over all the others. When doing your revision, do the hard topics first and get them out the way. I am saying this because if you begin with your favourite topic, then by the time you get round to the ones you dislike, it is very unlikely that you will do it as enough as you should be.
3. If you like relaxing with your mates or going on nights out then this next tip is right up your street. Work on your timing when it comes to revision. If you’ve chosen to revise for 5 hours in one day, don’t start at 4pm because then you’re going to be revising until 9pm and that is very daunting. Start at say 10am and then you will be finished by 3pm and then you have the rest of the day to do whatever you want, hopefully nothing illegal.
4. If you want to have an organised revision schedule then make a revision timetable. Personally, I didn’t make one because I’m an organised guy anyway so I didn’t see the point in making a revision timetable but if you’re not organised or are struggling with timing, then I would highly recommend a revision timetable. One of the benefits of making a revision timetable is that it will stop you from slacking off work because if you say that you’re going to revise at 4pm, that’s not concrete but if you see it written in front of your face, then that will more likely push you to do whatever work you need to do. When you see something in writing, it is more likely it will be done than when you just say it.
5. Go through as many questions and as many past papers as you can. By doing this, you will familiarise yourself with the sort of questions that could come up in your exam. Also, try and identify trends in the past papers. Is the same question or same type of question being asked over and over again? Which topics keep coming up? If it is, make a note of it somewhere. Make a list of tricky questions from past papers and then when it gets closer to the exams, just revise from those. This is very effective because it reduces your chances of losing marks. So, for example, if you’re always getting low marks then you will probably have a big list. Write down the list of questions you’re struggling with and go to the mark scheme and try and see if you can make sense out of it. If you can, that’s great because then you can go onto the next question. If you can’t, don’t worry, ask your teacher how to do that specific question showing you step by step how they did it. Keep doing this for all the tricky questions and then by the end of it, the tricky questions shouldn’t seem that tricky anymore. The same goes for you students who are getting average or really good marks. Identify the tricky questions and try and find the solutions to them in a way that makes sense to you.