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Tips for Revision

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WWW: The What?Where? When? of  Revision

What?

Get a copy of your syllabus. If your teachers have not given you one, find one online. Don't waste time learning stuff you don't need to know!

Put a line through sections of your syllabus you are happy with, and write additional notes in its margin. By the time of your exam, your syllabus should look knackered!

How you revise is most important. Some don'ts:

• don't just read your syllabus, books or class notes
• don't just work through questions
• don't forget to take a break!

Revising will always get tedious. Remember:

Nothing easy is worthwhile.
Nothing worthwhile is easy.
So, fire yourself up and do:

• use lots of ways to revise
• plan your revision with a timetable
• read, and write summaries of, your notes
• draw diagrams
• sketch mind maps (spider diagrams) of key issues
• use mnemonics (rhymes of word lists) to prompt you
• revise with a friend: ask and answer questions
• work through past exam papers
• answer guided questions in revision books

Where?

Try to find somewhere where you won't be disturbed. If you can work with music on, this can help you relax. It can also drown at noises around you.

Make sure you have an empty desk to work at, with everything you need at hand for the session ahead. Have plenty of scrap paper handy.
If you're using the web to revise, make sure you know what you want to improve on before you start.

When?

You can never revise enough might be true, but don't sit for hours on end working at the same subject—your revision will be most effective in the first hour.

So make sure you:

• plan revision slots of between 40-60 minutes
• have something to look forward to, e.g. a TV show
• tick off things that you have done, and note things you have to do

Once you know the date of your exam, aim to start revising at least a month before. Too many of our visitors leave it all until the last minute—our usage statistics go through the roof the night before exam days.