Top 10 Revision Tips Top 10 Revision Tips

Use these Top Ten Tips from current university students to help you get through your revision preparation.

  1. Do you learn best by listening, writing, watching, or doing? For most people it's a combination of these. Try out different methods to see how you learn best. Draw pictures; record yourself reading out your notes and play it back; write a song; or mimic your notes in actions to help you remember them.
  2. We tend to remember things that we see a lot, so why not write the information you need to learn on post it notes and stick them in places you walk past regularly. By the toilet, in the kitchen or next to your light switch. It'll sink in before you even realise!
  3. Don't leave it to the last minute, make a revision timetable and start a few weeks before. This will leave you plenty of time to go over your notes and you'll be confident when you walk into the exam. Set yourself goals for each day and go over the day's notes before you go to bed to cement the day's work.
  4. Find somewhere you can work at your best; a desk in your bedroom, in the garden or in the library. It doesn't matter where it is as long as you can concentrate. Try to work in conditions similar to your exams, this way you will be fully prepared when you arrive.
  5. Early on in your exam preparation identify your weak areas (mock exams/past papers can be good for this) and fill the gaps in your knowledge at the beginning. If there is anything you don't fully understand then ask your teacher well in advance of the exam.
  6. Try writing out information again and again, making your notes briefer each time. Having the key information written down means you won't be revising any unnecessary information. Make time for lots of practice papers, time yourself doing them and get together with friends to test one another!
  7. If you find that nothing is going in, take a break. Try to take 10 – 15 minute breaks for every hour you spend studying, even if it's just to get a drink or snack. Split your revision into short sessions and have a long break for lunch; plan something fun for the evening so you have something to look forward to.
  8. Don't forget that all you have learnt during the day gets stored by your brain while you sleep. So there's no point trying to pull an all-nighter before that exam, you'll actually learn more if you do some revision then get an early night so the information can sink in!
  9. Fruit is not just good for your body but also for your brain, it gives you a boost of energy and wakes up your mind. Eat 'brain foods' like oily fish; tuna and salmon are great for memory power!
  10. Before you go into the exam make sure you know what type of questions to expect; short questions or essay style questions? If you know what you are up against you will be a lot calmer when you turn over the first page.