Revision advice for students
How to revise
Remember that using a variety of revision techniques will save you from getting bored and switching off. Store your revision resources carefully in an orderly way.
Active revision strategies
- One topic per card. Key points only. Colour code to make links and associations.
- Ask family and friends to test you.
- Use previous examination questions.
- Choose topics and questions that you are uncertain about.
- Get used to working under timed conditions.
- Check your answers. Do some questions with your notes and others without.
- Start in the centre with the topic title.
- Main points about topic as thick branches, smaller points as smaller branches.
- Don’t crowd the paper.
- Use colour, pictures and symbols.
- Must be selective. Highlight only key words and ideas.
- Colour code to make links and associations.
- Display around your study area.
- Particularly useful for important vocabulary and key statistics.
- Begin with a blank, landscape piece of A4 paper.
- Choose a topic and write down what you know, following the instructions below.
- Use a different colour for each section.
Coping skills for examinations
Avoid negative discussion with your friends. Don’t be put off or intimidated by anything other people say.
Make sure you have everything you need with you. Pens, pencils, rubbers, felt tip pens, calculators etc. Know what you are allowed to use.
Arrive in time
Not too early, not too late. Avoid hysterical discussion and keep calm.
Keep a clear head
Things won’t always go perfectly, but if you keep your mind focussed and as relaxed as possible you should be able to adapt to any awkward questions or challenging situations. If you get stuck, re-read the question, think back to studying the topic in and out of class and don’t just give up.
If things go badly?
It’s not the end of the world!
Students can use GCSEPod to help with their revision. For more information click here.
Parents and carers
Parents and carers can pick up some very useful tips on how to aid their child’s revision by clicking here.