Revision strategies

Revision strategies

The following tips should help you to revise successfully:

  • Use your learning style to inform your revision techniques (try out the VARK learning styles online quiz which will identify your individual learning preferences) 
  • Don't leave your revision until too late (use the resources below to start planning your revision)
  • Identify and use techniques that work best for you – short or long revision session, early or late working, visual mind maps or key cards
  • For every hour you work, take ten minutes off.  Don't work for longer than three hours at a time
  • During revision time try to maintain a normal routine - eat well, take regular breaks, do some exercise
  • If you experience exam nerves or anxiety, take a look at the Exam Anxiety resources on the counselling website  

Key questions when planning your revision

When planning your revision, you need to think about:

  • How many exams you have
  • How long each exam is
  • What is the weighting given to each exam? This should inform how much revision you need to do
  • When are your exams
  • What type of exam do you have: unseen, open book, multiple choice, short answers etc?

Create a revision timetable

Once you know the above, you can produce a revision timetable:

  • List the topics you need to revise 
  • Work out what order to revise them in
  • Add your other commitments to your timetable
  • Identify how much time you have for revision
  • You may find it useful to look at the 'managing your time' resources
  • Download the revision planners below:

Use active revision techniques

  • at the end of each topic revision session, test yourself – do you remember the key words and what they represent?
  • use question banks (e.g. list five features of x theory, what are the advantages of x theory over y theory etc)
  • use post-it notes or posters around your house/room for spot testing
  • imagine key words being underlined
  • use mind maps or diagrams
  • try explaining ideas to a friend or to yourself without using your notes
  • practice answering questions from past papers, some under timed conditions



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