When done well, revision will make you more confident for an exam and will give you time to prepare properly without panicking.
It sounds crazy, but try to enjoy the revision process. The more involved in the process you become the more you will look forward to it.
- Make sure you check with your teacher you have the correct syllabus to revise from.
- Go back over your class notes and rewrite them. This will help embed the details and remind you how much you already know. everything, and will also help you to remember things.
- Do you know how the exam will be assessed? What are you expected to know and how will they test your knowledge?
- Try to image the types of questions they will ask and write these out. This is a good way of understanding the facts in a way that words them in a question format.
- Get hold of past papers. This will help you familiarise yourself with the style of questions and the depth they expect you to know about the facts. Have a go at these and make sure you time yourself and achieve the word count required.
- Form a study group with friends. Make sure you use the time wisely and don’t get distracted, but they will be very effective in seeing who knows what and highlighting any facts or details you may have missed.
- Use pictures, maps and diagrams to revise your notes. Also put arrows to link topics together or key facts that relate to the same theme.
- Use post it notes to stick around your bedroom or study area. These should hold key facts and details you want to be reminded of so that they will sink in. (This good for languages, eg write the foreign word for door, or window or fridge and stick it to that item).
- Use index cards – write the heading on one side, then some key facts or details on the back. Use these to test yourself and carry them around and take them out if you are on the bus or have a few minutes to spare.!!!