Revising for exams and assessments can be very stressful and leave you feeling anxious at times. However, with a couple of changes to the way that you revise, you could feel a lot more relaxed. Here we have the best revision tips to get you on your way.
Find a suitable and quiet space to study
Your revision space needs to be comfortable enough to study in, but not so comfortable that you want to sit back and relax. It must be free of distractions such as the television, computer or video games consoles, and most importantly it must be quiet so that you can concentrate on your studies. You may choose to revise at home if you can find a peaceful spot where you won’t be interrupted, or your local library; but find a place that you are happy with before you start. Also make sure that the lighting in the room is suitable and the temperature isn’t too hot or cold.
Draw up a revision timetable
Working to a clear timetable helps you to stick to your revision goals and allows you to check off everything that you have covered as you go along. Planning your revision will prevent you from getting stressed as it will seem a lot more manageable laid out on paper.
Setting yourself attainable targets by revising in short bursts will help you to absorb more information and stop you from feeling anxious about the amount of work you have in front of you. Make sure you tick off everything you have revised as you finish each one and ensure that you allow yourself enough time for each topic so that you are able to work through them properly.
Make revision cards to highlight certain chunks of information that you find more difficult to remember, and make those a priority to learn. You could even try colour coding your timetable with the revision cards so that you know exactly what information to revise in the allotted time.
Revise with friends
Revising with friends can be an easier method to revise, as you can test each other on certain topics and share ideas and knowledge. Getting someone to test you helps you to become more confident in what you know and allows you to perfect your answers. You could even get your parents to test you on a few things. This way you are changing your revision method so you are not becoming bored, and it also gives you a platform to show off.
Taking a rest regularly can improve your concentration and your brain will hold more information than if you tried to revise for hours on end. Plan breaks into your timetable and then you will not feel like you are cheating in any way.
Look at past exam papers
Having a look at past exam or test papers can give you an idea of the type of questions that you might be faced with. Give yourself the allotted time and sit the exam as if it were a real situation. You can do this by using a timer on your phone or laptop. Browsing old exam papers will let you see the way in which questions could be answered and gives you a chance to gauge what areas you need to improve on and what topics you need to spend more time revising.
Teachers and lecturers at school, college or university will usually hand out past exam papers, but you can always ask for them if they don’t.
Spend time doing something relaxing before revising, such as watching your favourite TV programme, listening to music or going for a run. This will balance out the stress and make you feel more relaxed when it comes to revising.
If you remain positive and optimistic about your upcoming exams, then you are more than likely to succeed with your revision plan. Never let revision get the better of you.
If you follow these rules and don’t leave your revision until the last minute then you shouldn’t have to worry. Revise each subject properly by managing your time effectively and you will be on your way to success in your exams. Try not to panic and good luck!