There are many differing views as to what makes for good revision. Here are some thoughts on how to make your revision more productive:
- It is not the quantity of revision that you do that is important but more the quality of what you do.
- Revise in short bursts. The latter stages of a long stint of revision are usually not very productive. When your mind starts to wander it is probably a good time to stop.
- Set out a revision schedule. Don't just set a time aside for a complete subject; be specific about which aspect of the subject you are going to revise, e.g. Monday 10th History - Transport. Try to be as rigid with your revision schedule as you will have to be with your examination schedule.
Get your working environment right. Here are some helpful tips:
- Avoid noise; nature has designed it to be noticed.
- Have all your needs nearby. It is too much of a temptation to interrupt your work to go and get something.
- Insist on your own space; then you can work in the way that is best suited to you
- Avoid last minute revision. This can clutter the mind and cause anxiety.
Don't stick your head in a book and try to cram information into it in the hope that it might stick. Try to reproduce it on paper minus the book; after all, that is the way you will have to present information in the majority of exams. It has been clearly shown that if you write information down as well as look at it, the learning is more effective. Others methods of revising include creating word patterns, diagrams, pictures, lists, flowcharts.
Use other human resources. Work with a friend and get them to question you. It is far easier to cheat yourself than someone else. If you can find someone who is doing the same exam as you this can be invaluable as both can benefit from this type of revision. When all else fails ask a parent!