Now that you have applied for university it is time for the hard part – revising, revising, establishing revision techniques for exam season, oh and did we mention revision? Yes, after all the stress of applying and finding the perfect course at the right university you now have to pass the exams to the get the grades. Revision techniques are great to getting your mind in the right place and to keep yourself at a good pace during this tough time.
Create a timetable well in advance will save you time and stress later on. With a scheduled timetable you can plan what lessons will need the most dedication, what subjects have more exams, and at which times. With a weekly or bi-weekly routine you will find it easier to work through your revision whether it be a text/revision book or your notes from class.
Past exam papers
You should know your exam board and the exact subject you are studying. Exam board websites, like AQA and WJEC, have resourceful websites where they upload past exam papers and marking schemes. It is great practice to have a look through as the majority of the time the curriculum rarely changes, and if it does you will know if they are similar to what you have been studying. Taking the exams and having you or someone else grades them will let you know where you are at regarding the subject and becoming familiar with the exam conditions.
Your school or college usually have mock exams, where you will sit under exam conditions and take a test that will be similar to the one you take at the end/during the year that counts towards your final grade. These exams are to set you up for the real deal later on. They will also be marked like the official exams so the grade you received will give you a good indication of how you are doing.
Talk to each of your subject teachers about your personal development and needs. You will most likely be having revision lessons set aside in class for the whole group to revise for the exams, but talking to each teacher about what they believe you need to work on or what your strengths and weaknesses are will go a long way. You are able to work on what you find most difficult and hopefully get that good grade.
During revision, especially when you have a revision week or time off of school or college, you will be spending long periods of time studying. Remember to stay hydrated with lots of fluids, water is good for the brain and so are drinks with a small amount of sugar in to keep you hydrated and working efficiently. You will be able to keep concentration during the hard parts of studying.
Have a KitKat
Have a break! The most efficient type of revision is when you take lots of regular and short breaks to keep your brain active. This will break up the revision effectively and you will get more from what you are learning by earning yourself breaks by completing activities or checkpoints during the studying.
Don’t overdo it!
Don’t be too hard on yourself! Remember that everyone is going through the same thing and there is only so much revision you can do at this time. You are juggling more than one subject and learning lots of information at once. Be strict and stick to your plans and reward yourself when you do complete them but make sure they are all realistic! Good luck!
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