Learning and revision
- Repetition – go over topics several times
- Chunking – learn by set work, concept, comparing set works.
- Practice in the format that is required for the exam – looking at grading system (marks awarded)
- Saying things out loud
- Using visual prompts such as mind maps and colours
- Teaching others – write own questions
Discussing strategies to reduce anxiety in the exams (see below)
General advice about revision includes:
- Don’t go to bed late. Getting a good night’s sleep will help you much more than trying to revise all night and you won’t be tired the next day.
- Take regular breaks from revising and do something you enjoy.
- Try to think positively – even if you don’t feel like it, a positive attitude will help you during your revision.
- If you feel nervous before a test, try eating a banana – it sounds strange, but bananas can help to calm you down and they release energy slowly (plus it will also help stop you being hungry during the test!).
- Take some water into the test with you, if you can. Keeping hydrated by drinking water will help you concentrate.
- Write down important facts on a piece of paper and ask someone to test if you can remember things (the more you test yourself, the easier it gets to remember things).
- Spread out your revision over time. This can help you remember what you’ve learnt, as your brain won’t be overloaded.
- Make a revision timetable. This is a good way to make yourself revise certain topics at certain times.
- Study in a room without a TV and try to turn off your phone and log out of social media sites so you don’t get distracted.
- Write something you want to remember on a post-it note and stick it on your bedroom door. This way you will see it every time you leave your room.
- Start a revision group with some friends on WhatsApp or Facebook. You might have different ways of learning that can help each other.
- Try to spend some time exercising or doing sports. This can give you energy and help you stay healthy and focused.