Welcome to the first proper post of this series! Today I’m going to be sharing my 5 top tips for revision with you; I hope you find them useful!
1. MANAGE YOUR TIME
When revising, it’s very important to manage your time. My school really drilled the idea of having a timetable into us, but timetables just don’t work for me. I’ve got through at least 5 of them and I normally stick to them for about a week. Instead, I use to-do lists, revision checklists and a good old clock to manage my time. I make lists of all of the things I need to do and I don’t move onto something else until it’s done. When it comes to revision, I stick to slots of about 30-45 minutes before having a break. If your exams are approaching, prioritising is also key. Revision checklists were so helpful last year, I made them for all of my subjects. Here is one I made for maths! I would also highlight each of the topics either pink (have no clue), orange (need a bit of practice) or green (confident) so that I could solely focus on anything that was pink or orange. As well as revising your socks off, you need to have breaks. Try to have a 5 minute break every 30-45 minutes and make sure you stop your work at a reasonable time; just because you’re awake, your brain will probably have switched off a little.
Loud, chart music can really affect your revision, in a good way and in a bad way. Your favourite songs are best for if you’re trying to remember something. I found this with subjects like Spanish. I associated things with songs and in the exam, I’d sing the song in my head and I would remember what I wanted to. Also, upbeat songs are good for if you’re trying to do something like art work; I normally listen to upbeat/chart music whilst writing blogposts to keep myself feeling inspired. However, songs with lyrics aren’t good when you need to concentrate. I’ve recently started listening to Disney scores and instrumentals of my favourite songs. I have a Spotify playlist for Disney scores/instrumentals but on YouTube there are some hour long compilations on YouTube if you just search for ‘Disney Instrumental’, but this one is one of my faves.
I’m the Queen of Colour when it comes to anything to do with school work. Some people find colour very distracting but I find it so helpful to associate different bits of information with different colours. The best example I like to use is my GCSE English Poetry anthology; I used about 10 different colours on the poems, so when we were given the blank poem in the exam, I could literally see all of the different annotations on my page. Colour also breaks everything up and makes your work far more appealing to look at. Also, it helps if you have to annotate a whole book to stick to same colours all the way through. It would be very helpful for you in the long run if you highlight all of the key information so that when you come to revise (and if you’re in a rush), you can just look at the highlighted information.
4. CREATE THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT
Your bed is not the best place for you to revise; if you’re struggling, you will most likely get into bed and drown in tears. I use the dining table because it’s free from all distractions. I’m away from my family, I’m at a table, and there isn’t a window to distract me. You will probably get a lot more work done if you sit down at a table and do it compared to sitting on the floor. Don’t use your phone for research because you’ll end up on social media. It will probably be best if you put your phone on a different floor to you, I used to leave mine upstairs so if I wanted it, I’d have to walk to get it (or if you live in a bungalow… try a draw?). If you’re lucky enough to have an office, make that your revision space. You could stick up your to do lists and posters on the walls, and keep all of your work in one place.
5. ALWAYS DO WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU
At the end of the day, you are the one who needs to learn the information. If your friend has made 200 flashcards (actually me last year haha) and they don’t work for you, then don’t feel pressurised to make them. Try and figure out what revision technique works best for you! If you don’t know what type of learner you are, take this test. There are three types of learner: visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. Once you know which one you are, you can adjust your way of learning to your type and you will be far more productive.
Thank you for reading, I love talking about everything to do with revision! I hope you found this helpful. Would you find it helpful if I talked about how I revise for each individual subject? I’m doing A-Levels now so I don’t do every subject but I can talk about how I revised last year for English, Maths, Sciences, etc. Let me know what else you’d like to see in this series!