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Friday, 4 May 2018

Revision Tips


So, it is that type of year again where we are stressing over exams and revising as much as possible. So, we would like to share some tips with you that will help you revise and be prepared for your exams.

First of all, you need to find out the best ways that you revise. For us that is writing out notes and sticking revision notes up on our wall. We also use a lot of A3 paper and use visuals and writing on them to help us remember things. However, this is not beneficial to everyone so you need to think about what type of learner you are and how best you learn.

We also like using our whiteboard to write our notes and teach ourselves using this. We use multiple colours on our whiteboard and in our revision notes as this tends to help things stand out and it helps us to revise what is important in our notes.

We also find that using mind maps for specific subjects is also very helpful. For example, for English we tend to make a mind map for a character and then include all the important quotes from that character in mind map.

For other subjects that use maths and diagrams we like to draw them out with notes on them and stick them up on the walls as this tends to help us revise without realising it as all the notes that are on the wall we are reading every time we are in our room without realising it and so we are revising without fully paying attention to it.

We also struggle to revise in dead silence. We have to have some sound on. Therefore, we often put a film on that we have seen a million times before (normally Harry Potter for Rebekah or Wild Child for Molly) and then we don't get distracted by the film as we are revising. We also like to listen to music when we are revising as it helps us to block everyone else out and focus. Although, sometimes it can be a little distracting and you end up writing the lyrics you are listening to instead of your revision notes or you end up singing along to the song.

We like to learn visually and so use a lot of colour, as we said before, in our notes but we tend to colour co-ordinate as it helps us to know which notes are involving which subject or topic in the subject.

Another tip for revision is to take plenty of breaks as your brain actually can't concentrate for a long period of time. Therefore, we take lots of breaks when we are revising as it allows us to relax and not be stressed out all the time. Therefore, in our breaks we like to get out of the house as we tend to spend a lot of time inside when revising so getting outside for a couple minutes or longer helps us to feel like we have had a break and feel motivated to carry on revising. Exercise is also good as it helps you to release stress and we often take a walk with the dog when on a break to help us exercise and get some fresh air.

Sometimes we record ourselves speaking our notes and then listen to it. This helped us when doing our GCSE's when we had to do speaking exams for language subjects like Welsh and so it allowed us to remember what we had to say. However, this can actually be beneficial in other subjects as you can hear your notes and you are able to remember them like you are ale to remember lyrics to a song.

Thank you for reading. Don't forget to follow our social media accounts and leave a comment on your revision tips as well as what you would like to see us blog about next.

ThePolkaDotDaffodil x

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