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Our Top Tips for Exam Revision

15 May 2024
We've put together our top tips to help you put the best foot forward during exam season.

Studying can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to revision for exams. But we’ve put together some handy tips to make your study sessions more effective:

Break It Down

Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Break your revision into small, manageable sections. Do little but often – this will help you focus and retain information better.

Plan and Schedule

Plan your time effectively and make sure you know which topics you need to revise for each subject. Create a revision timetable that works for you and stick to it. This will help you organise your time and ensures that you cover all the relevant topics before the exam.

Be Creative with Revision Aids

You could make flash cards, mind maps, post it notes, or even put colourful posters around your house, where you’ll see them regularly. You could even create acronyms, phrases, or even songs to help you remember complex information.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Doing past papers and practice questions is one of the best ways to prepare for exams. It helps you get familiar with the format and the types of questions that may come up.

Teach Someone Else

Explaining the material to someone else is a great way to reinforce your understanding. If you can teach it, you know it! You could do this with a family member, or work with a friend to test each other.

Stay Healthy and Positive

Don’t forget to take care of yourself and keep a positive attitude. Eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise. A good mindset and confidence can significantly impact your performance, so believe in yourself and your preparation.

Take Breaks

Your brain needs rest too. Take short breaks during revision sessions to recharge and avoid burnout. If you’re studying whilst at College you can make use of our quieter study areas or take part in enrichment activities to unwind and relax between revision sessions.

Speak to our staff

Remember staff are here to help you achieve. If you’d like additional support with your revision techniques, or have any questions about the topics you need to cover speak to your lecturer or head of department. Some subjects may even offer revision help during half term and the holidays. 

Ready for the big day

Pack your bag and student ID the night before your exam, make sure you have everything you need so you have no reason to stress in the morning. Set an alarm, get a good sleep and eat a filling breakfast to make sure you start your day on a good note.

Remember, revision doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right techniques and a bit of planning, you will have the tools for your best chance at success.

Good Luck!