You can make your revision more effective without spending extra hours on it. Read these tips to find out how...
You can identify your strengths and weaknesses by:
- Testing yourself
- Talking to teachers or tutors about what you need to work on
- Looking at where you have dropped marks on practice exams
- Thinking back to what you have struggled with over your course
Remember, you'll still need to revise the areas that you think you're strong on to make sure you’re fully prepared for the exam. Don’t miss things out of your revision but prioritize how you use your time.
- You're less likely to get distracted while you are revising if you know you have a scheduled break coming up. It's much better to spend 50 minutes revising well and 10 minutes on a break than to spend a whole hour half revising and half playing with your phone.
- Breaks actually make you work more effectively. After all that mental work, your brain needs a rest. Use your break for something relaxing and refreshing, but which won't distract you from getting back to work - ideally, something that involves getting up from where you're revising and moving around.
- Getting someone to test you
- Trying to explain the subject out loud to someone else
- Making notes on the subject in a new format, such as a mind-map
- Using flash cards to memorize information