I’ve tried to come up with an extensive list of different revision methods, apps and sources to fuel your revision. Try a couple, rule some out – this is simply a starting point for those beginning to revise for summer exams, and those who want to try some alternatives after their mocks. These revision techniques are not guaranteed to work, but you don’t know until you give some a go!
- Multi-coloured pens are a must! Colour coordinate notes, make diagrams stand out, tempt your brain into revising from such pretty notes!
- Condense topics into a single mind-map (colour coordinated, of course!) with key concepts and knowledge that you need to learn, rather than any waffle or facts you already know backwards.
- Post-it Notes – I love post-it notes! Write down your timeline facts (can become a game of remembering their dates and putting the post-it notes in the correct order), condense case studies to a single post-it note, or write important theories on each note. The choice is yours!
- Quizlet – the perfect website to learn definitions and recall facts. Whether it’s the act of typing them in, or the fun games and strategies it uses to help you learn them – Quizlet is fab for learning those short and snappy facts.
- Memrise – another great app, for those learning a language. Take a look at my Owl Online review for more info. Also great after exams, if you want to learn a language for fun (yes, fun!)
- Struggling to learn orders of things? Make up a short and snappy acronym. just make sure that your plots aren’t too extravagant!
- Annotate excerpts and books blind – aka no notes for reference – to test how much knowledge you know. Similarly, if you struggle with time management, time yourself writing an answer or completing a paper for homework. Change pens once your time has run out and finish off your answers. This way, you know what you would have got in an exam, and what you could get if you write faster/ plan quicker/ invent time travel 🙂 Do this over time to train yourself to write faster and think under exam conditions (give it a go, especially if you suffer anxiety in exams).
- Definitely complete past papers, but don’t just forget about them afterwards. Whip up a little spreadsheet (nothing fancy – you don’t need to be tech savy!) and record your scores every time you complete a paper. This will help you to access where you are at, and also which past papers to complete/ re-do in the all important run up to exams.
- I’m currently teaching myself from
the subject’s specification and a textbook, ahead of lessons. This way, the lesson acts as revision and by combing through your subject twice, you and your teacher don’t miss any loose ends! Again, record your progress, and know what is left to learn. I snip chunks of the spec, then highlight the facts once I’ve learnt them (knowledge in yellow, formulas in pink, orange for content I want to go back and practice/relearn).
- Finally, there are so many apps & websites to use to learn content or use as resources to produce your revision notes. Give a few a go! Get Revising, Snap Revise, Gojimo, Physics & Maths Tutor.
I hope this helps you to revise effectively and smash your exams this summer. Please let me know how your revision goes and whether any of these helped. If you’ve got any recommendations too, please leave them in the comments below – I’d love to hear them!
-The Clever Owl