Exams, in whatever form they take, can be a nervous time for students but this does not have to be the case. With some careful planning and sufficient revision, you can approach your exams in a positive and confident manner.
One of the first and most important factors to remember is that exams or assessments are designed to test your understanding of subjects you have learned. They are not about committing a bunch of facts to memory, but rather testing an understanding of your subjects and the information learned throughout your school life. The greater your understanding of subjects, the greater your chance of success during exams. This demonstrates the importance, not only of revision, but of learning through your entire time at school.
How do I revise?
Revising for exams can be difficult and it can be easy to develop bad revision habits. It is important to remember that not all students revise in the same way. What works for your friend may not work for you, so take some time to think about how you learn best.
The number one tip for effective revision is to plan your time. This ensures you allocate the right amount of time to each subject, which will help you to feel calm and organised.
We know that exams can be daunting and scary so here are some more top tips to get your revision off to a flying start and to help you achieve the results that you want:
- Start revising early for different tests and assessments
- Draw up a revision timetable
- Find time to do exerciseto help you to relieve stress
- Find a quiet spacewhere you can do your revision
- Start your revision in the morning
- Complete past papers / practice questions
- Use flashcards to help to remember key information
- Colour-code topics to trigger memories
- Make summary notes of the important points
- Reward yourself for the revision you have done