Here is some advice on how to practicaly prepare yourself…
Having a few key pieces of equipment can really help.
Post it notes – these can be cut into smaller strips and used as place holders in text books, or used to record key information and placed around the house in different locations as prompts to help commit information to memory. Coloured sets allow you to categorise information.
Highlighter pens – these can be used to identify and highlight key pieces of information within text and colour sets allow you to categories information. You can also use a range of coloured highlighters to asses and map out your level of understanding across key topics within a subject syllabus (ie: Green: Confident Yellow: Some review needed. Orange: Key area of revision). This will allow you to target your revision time most effectively and provide the most impact.
Flash Cards – these allow you to consolidate key information into a condensed bitesized format that can be reviewed repeatedly to strengthen the neural pathways and commit securely to memory. These are also very practical for taking with you wherever you go so that they can be referenced regularly wherever you go.
When it comes to revision it can be hard to get started. Here are our top tips.
- Set short-term realistic goals. Not too ambitious or too far in the future.
- Break down your goals into manageable targets, for example fractions and decimals in maths.
- Set yourself a time limit for revising each target area.
When you have hit your target, set a new one straight away
- Create a planner. Make sure it includes social activities and breaks.
- Break down your revision into manageable sections. Learn one section at a time.
- Create a visual record of how those sections are related, using mind-maps or a spider diagram.
- Mix up the subjects you’re revising so that you don’t get bored.
Map out your level of understanding across key topics within a subject syllabus by listing the topics you have covered in your course and colour code them in terms of your level of understanding (ie: Green: Confident Yellow: Some review needed. Orange: Key area of revision). This will allow you to target your revision time most effectively and provide the most impact.
Get Practicing using past papers
- Test yourself. Find out if your revision has been effective by using past papers or ask someone to test you.
- Repeat your testing – it is important you test yourself more than once. Try it ten minutes after revising a topic, one day after, then a week later.
- If you are still not scoring highly when you test yourself, revise the topic again.
The BBC SMART REVISION GUIDE provides a host of advice on how to prepare yourself both mental and practically for your exams.
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