How to Revise
Read actively by selecting material and making appropriate notes of key ideas.
• Summarise the main points using lists, key words patterns and flow diagrams, connecting them with ideas from other sources.
• Test yourself by reciting and reviewing the summaries immediately after learning the material, then at later intervals. Making 'spider' diagrams can help you process information and interact with it more
• Decide how many days you will need to spend on each subject. Set yourself realistic targets so that when you achieve them you are giving yourself positive reinforcement. Over ambitious targets lead to disillusionment and feelings of failure. Reward yourself each time you achieve your goal.
• Allocate more time for your weaker subjects. Break them down into smaller components so that they feel more manageable. Avoiding them will only make them feel more daunting.
• Your revision plan should be flexible - it is unlikely that you will be able to keep to it exactly. Include spare days. These can be used to catch up on topics that have taken you more time than you anticipated. You also need suitable rest and recreation intervals.
Use cue cards to summarise key facts and figures. These can easily be carried around for frequent revision. You can also pin them on wall charts around your room.
- Start your revision early. It is often the case that you will need more time than you think.
- Plan your time.
- Organise yourself, your notes, and your textbooks.
- Choose a revision location that is comfortable, well lit and quiet.Keep all materials - pens, textbooks, paper etc - within easy reach.
- Use cards to summarise key points.
- Revise for up to 45 minutes before taking a break.
- Set yourself achievable targets and reward yourself when you meet them.
- Look at different revision techniques and choose one that suits you.
- Attempt past papers to get a feel for the type of question you will have to answer, and for the layout of the paper.
- Take regular breaks.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Keep healthy - eat well and make sure you get enough sleep during the run up to your exams. Exercise regularly.
- Make sure you have a good set of notes to revise from.
IF YOU NEED HELP AT ANY TIME OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK YOUR TEACHERS. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHO TO ASK, SEE MRS JACOBS, MISS HENRY OR MISS HOYTE.