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At The Telford Langley School we recognise that effective revision is a vital to students being able to retain and store core knowledge in the long-term memory. Revising is an unfortunate fact of life, but a lot of people don’t know how to go about it.

What are the best revision techniques?

Studying works differently for everyone. For example, you might be a more visual learner. This means that you use revision tools like mind maps and post-it notes to get things in your head.

These are some top revision techniques.

Revision planning – different students swear by different approaches, but in every scenario your best bet is to set out a revision plan, so you know where you’re headed.

Always make a study timetable – Start early. It’s never too soon to suss out how much work you must cover. Work out how much time you have available between now and the exams, and then draw up a realistic timetable.

Focus on your weakest points – When you’re drawing up your timetable, make sure to concentrate on your weaknesses without losing sight of your strong points

sticking to revision

First and foremost, no matter how tough it gets – just keep going! That way you can keep track of how much work you’ve done and what you have left to cover. It can be easy to give up when exam revision gets hard, but you’ll save yourself a lot of stress and hopefully end up with a better grade by following your timetable.

how to revise

The most effective way to approach a revision session is to focus on understanding rather than memorising. Exam boards purposefully write questions to test whether you really understand what’s going on instead of just rewriting your textbook.

how should i deal with exam stress?

Try not to be frightened of exam stress. Instead, see it as a positive force – after all, it keeps you on your toes mentally, and kind of forces you to focus on the task at hand.

Avoid comparing your abilities with your peers. Everyone approaches revision in different ways. So, all you need to do is make sure you’ve chosen the method that works best for you.

the night before the exam

Everyone gets stressed during exam season – it’s completely normal! But hopefully your stress isn’t leaving you feeling overwhelmed, especially the evening before where the anticipation is bound to be at its highest. Here are a couple of tips in case it is though:

Avoid last-minute panic revision the night before. Instead, complete your revision plan early, prepare yourself, then relax for the rest of the day.

Try to get a good night’s sleep, it’ll help your brain function properly the next day. Also make sure you don’t eat too late and try to avoid looking at screens for an hour before heading to bed.