Revising isn't always easy - there are lots of different methods and strategies you can use. Finding the one that's right for you is really important; once you're ready to get started our 5 top tips will help to make sure that your time is spent as effectively as possible.
1. Choose your environment carefully
Ideally you want somewhere you won’t be distracted – that might mean studying in your room. If you don't have a quiet space, try asking if you can borrow a pair of headphones so that you can work even when there are other people around.
2. Focus on the task, not the time
Try to think of tasks you want to complete, rather than measuring time spent revising. For example, it’s better to aim to read one chapter of a book, than to aim to read for 30 minutes solidly. You might spend 30 minutes just reading two or three pages and waiting for the time to pass, without achieving what you really need to.
3. Use different techniques and tools
You can mix it up when it comes to revision. Some people finding writing notes out helpful, others prefer using post it notes or mind maps. Try out some different techniques and tools to see what works best for you.
4. Practise past exam papers
Past exam papers are a really helpful way to see how your learning will be assessed, and to understand the style of answer you’ll be expected to give. Let this shape how you revise. For example, if your exam requires a short essay answer, it’s a good idea to practise writing some short essays or drawing up an essay plan.
5. Take regular breaks
Our productivity increases when we take short, regular breaks. You might want to set an alarm on your phone for snack breaks, or take a short walk before starting on a new topic.