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When I think back to when I revised for my GCSEs, there were a few revision techniques that really did work for me so I wanted to share them with you here.
I soon discovered that trying to do my revision in time sessions, as my parents suggested, wasn’t right for me; I couldn’t stick to my timetable at all.
Instead I organised my work around the subject itself, for instance doing a two chapters or file dividers at a time. Within my plan I prioritised my subjects, always allocating more time for my weaker subjects.
But in terms of scheduling, doing revision “little and often” is best. Don’t overload yourself.
Luckily my parents gave me lots of space (and provided a steady supply of tea) if I was doing revision at home. However, distractions were frequent and I remember struggling to work while the cat tried to sit on my notes.... not really what you need. I found myself spending my study leave at school, where there was a much better working environment.
School encourages revision, partly because there are plenty of places for quiet work if the Houses get too disruptive. I clearly remember spending many an evening walking round the athletics track chanting German vocabulary from my flashcards.
Stationery is the other thing that really helped me with revision – colour coded flashcards, snazzy new folders and post-it notes were all necessary buys for me when starting work for exams.
As part of her revision, one of my friends cuts out her own flash cards, then draws diagrams and then colour codes all her notes on them. She says it really helps her absorb the information because she learns best with a combination of colours, pictures and writing things down.
I personally find that writing notes is just not enough to make the information stay in your head and often ask other people to test me or practise reading my notes then writing them now and again without looking to see how much I know.
Lots of sleep is absolutely essential when revising for exams – if you’re tired, you won’t remember anything or be able to do your best when the time to sit the test finally arrives.
I’ve heard it said that the last thing you read or listen to at night before you sleep is the thing you remember most when you wake up in the morning – it seems to work too!
Olivia Burke, Senior Prefect for Middle School