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Top 10 Revision Tips

  • Number 1

    Plan your revision

    Scheduling your revision early on will help you to relax. Use our downloadable planner to help!

  • Number 2

    Use past papers

    Past papers are a great way to recap knowledge and practice answering questions exam style. The more you do, the better you’ll get!

  • Number 3

    Get new notepads

    There’s nothing nicer than writing in a fresh notepad. Allocate one for each subject and organise your mind as well as the topic.

  • Number 4

    Start revision early

    Lots of us are most awake in the morning, so set your alarm and get yourself up and ready for the day.

  • Number 5

    Find a revision style

    If you’re stuck and can’t seem to absorb the information, switch up your revision style or try a new method.

  • Number 6

    Take a break

    Have a break every hour or after each exam practice paper. Eat high-energy foods and drink plenty of water.

  • Number 7

    Don’t be unrealistic

    Be realistic. You’re not going to learn all of your subjects in just one week. Over estimate the time you need and stay in control.

  • Number 8

    Reward yourself

    Motivate yourself by planning a treat, if you've completed all of your tasks. It could be anything from chocolate to a day out.

  • Number 9

    Work with friends

    Organising a recap session is a great way to help you stick to your revision deadlines.

  • Number 10

    Don’t cram-revise

    It goes without saying, but leaving revision to the last minute is only going to induce stress and anxiety. Don’t put off revising.

Getting ready for your exams

In addition to our top 10 revision tips, we think it’s crucial to put into practice your revision techniques and get a feel for what really works for you. Not everyone learns in the same way, so finding your study style early on is key to soaking up all that information! If you’re finding it difficult to learn a certain topic, try a different method:

Kinaesthetic Learner: Learn by doing. Whether this is playing music whilst revising (see our Spotify playlist) or drawing mind maps and story mapping, it’s important to keep the brain engaged and active. You could even turn learning into a fun and active game such as charades (and have a study session with a friend).

Visual Learner: Learn by seeing. Colour-coordinate your topics using highlighters and sticky notes, or use colourful organisers to differentiate the information. Put key content into graphs, illustrations or charts and stick it to your bedroom wall. Brainstorm using diagrams or draw pictures related to the topic to help you memorise methods, formulas and other crucial facts.

Auditory Learner: Learn by hearing. Record yourself speaking about a topic, fact or answer to a question and play back the recording afterwards. You could also try reading out loud and then writing down a summary of the topic, or work with a friend and brainstorm out loud together.

Whilst learning styles can be an important part of getting the most out of your revision, planning and preparation can be just as crucial to your exam success. There’s nothing worse than panicking the night before an exam and trying to cram-revise, so make sure you schedule in plenty of time for studying. (See our downloadable planner for help).

Revision Resources:

Get Revising has plenty of resources for you to utilise and make the most of, so take advantage!

If your exams are run by AQA, try out their revision resources. You can find other examining bodies online that may also supply past papers.

Download our revision planner:

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Music to help you revise and relax