Top revision tips

Exams looming? Stress levels rising? At a bit of a loss on how to most efficiently revise? Taking a break and browsing the History blog?

We got your back, read on for some handy revision tips, applicable not only to History but most subjects!

Before that though, a reminder that it is perfectly natural to feel anxious when exam time approaches. The best way to keep on top of the stress is to be organised and have the confidence in yourself to realise you can (and will) do this!

Revision techniques

Flashcards using both sides of the card to test yourself on key figures, concepts, dates, definitions etc.

Colour-code your notes.

Re-read your textbook or copy out your notes.

Mind-maps for complicated topics/ concepts.

Draw pictures or symbols that will spring to mind easily.

Group study/ find a buddy to revise with, and to test you!

Listen to revision podcasts or watch revision clips.

Complete revision activities in revision guides etc.

3 months to go

Plan: create a realistic revision timetable, and stick to it!

Track your progress: use progress checklists to help you track your revision. It will help you stick to your revision plan.

Be realistic: revise in regular, small chunks, of around 30 minutes. Reward yourself with 10 minute breaks (plenty of time to catch up with your favourite blog cough cough)- you will be amazed how much you remember.

Positive thinking: motivate yourself by turning your negative thoughts to positive ones, Instead of asking ‘why can’t I remember this top

ic at all?’ ask yourself ‘what different techniques can I try to improve my memory?’

Organise: make sure you have everything you need- your revision books, coloured pens, index cards, sticky notes, paper, etc. Find a quiet place where you are comfortable. Divide your notes into sections that are easy to use.

Timeline: create a timeline with colour-coded sticky notes, to make sure you remember important dates relating to the topics.

Practise: Ask your teachers for practice questions or past papers.

1 month to go

Big picture: make sure you are familiar with examples- from the different periods you have studied (or other topics if a different subject), of factors relating to a Thematic study (such as GCSE History medicine).

Identify your weaknesses: which topics or question types are easier and which are more challenging for you? Schedule more time to revise the challenging topics or question types.

Make it stick: find memorable ways to remember key details such as chronology, try using rhymes, or doodle, as example.

Take a break: do something completely different during breaks- listen to music, take a short walk, make a cup of tea, for example.

Check your answer: answer exam questions and go over the answers to practise applying your knowledge.

Understand your mark scheme: Where available, review mark schemes for exam questions, and make sure you understand how you will be assessed. 

Master your exam skills: study and remember the steps to answer each question type.

Time yourself: practise making plans and answering exam questions within the recommended time limits.

Take mock exams seriously: you can learn from them how to manage your time better under exam conditions.

Rest well: make sure your phone and laptop are put away at least an hour before bed. This will help you rest better.

On the big day

Sleep early: Don’t work through the night, get a good night’s sleep.

Be prepared: Make sure you know where and when the exa

m is, and leave plenty of time to get there.

Check: make sure you have all your equipment in advance, including spare pens!

Drink and eat healthily: avoid too much caffeine or junk food. Water is best- if you are 5% dehydrated, your concentration drops 20%.

Stay focused: don’t listen to people who might try to wind you up about what might come up in the exam- they don’t know any more than you do!