How To Revise
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Top Tips on How to Revise
1. Don't just read your notes
You have to WRITE STUFF DOWN. This is really basic "how to revise" stuff.
2. Start revising early
— i.e. months, not days before the exam.
3. Plan your revision using a timetable
Planning out your revision means you can spend more time revising and less time worrying you've forgotten something.
4. Don't spend ages making your notes look pretty
This is just wasting time. For diagrams, include all the details you need to learn, but don't try to produce a work of art.
5. Set up a nice, tidy study space
You'll need somewhere with good lighting, your pens close by, your phone out of sight and your TV unplugged. Try not to revise on your bed, or you'll be dreaming of pink igloos and elephants before you know it.
6. Vary your revision with different activities
Try a variety of different revision techniques — answering practice questions, writing down notes from memory, and using Revision Guides, Flash Cards etc.
7. Stick revision notes all around your house
So in the exam you think, "Aha, quadratic equations, they were on the fridge..."
8. Do lots of practice papers and questions
You'll find it far easier to answer questions in the exam if you've tried similar ones at home beforehand.
9. Set aside time to do fun things — don't turn into a revision zombie
Don't totally stop yourself from having fun. This'll help you stay motivated, relax, and allow you to keep up with your favourite hobbies.
10. Keep your phone and other distractions away.
Phones are great, but they're a one-stop shop for procrastination. Stick it in a drawer while you're revising.
11. Take your revision wherever you go
If you find books aren't quite portable enough, GCSEPod is a great way to revise away from home.
12. Sleep and eat properly
Sleep is more important than you'd imagine — it helps your brain store all the juicy information you've learned throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods will also boost your concentration throughout the day.
13. On exam day, make sure you arrive in plenty of time
Nothing adds extra pressure to exam day like the fear of being late. Just make sure you set off at a little earlier than usual. While you wait, if people around you seem stressed about the exam, try to relax and not let their worries affect you.