My Revision Techniques

The key to revising, in my eyes, is planning. Throughout the year I think that it is crucial to make notes in every lesson and make sure you understand what you have learnt, then go over your notes that evening so that you are confident on the subject. Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher for help if you do not understand at the time, it will make your life significantly easier in the future. When it comes to serious revising in summer, the process suddenly becomes a lot easier and manageable as you have already understood the whole course. From Christmas time to Easter I will write all my notes on to revision cards, with a question based on the syllabus on one side, and the answers on another side. However, I know that revision cards are not best suited to everyone, some prefer just writing on paper or making posters, but what you have learnt needs to be written down because the process of physically writing involves conscious thought and it is much more difficult to switch off, unlike just reading through a textbook. I can then use these cards at anytime, making sure I regularly test my knowledge and, most importantly, make mistakes which I can then learn from. After this learning stage, past papers are very useful. I usually do one or two for each exam using the book to help me and take a long time over each question, then mark them in detail. If there are any topics that you are finding particularly difficult, make sure you spend time doing extra questions, until it becomes your strongest topic. I usually do the remaining papers on my own without the book as a mock and I spend a lot of time seeing how the mark scheme wants me to answer the question. I do as many past papers as I possibly can, and I usually do about two within the week before the exam. During this intense revision period, take breaks and use your breaks productively, such as doing some exercise or playing an instrument. You cannot work all day every day with no breaks. It is also normal to be stressed, and I would be worried if you weren’t stressed. I believe it is important to be able to use that stress wisely and convert it to motivation to revise.

Matthew Adams

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