With exam season on the horizon, it’s good to reflect on your journey so far and be proud of what you have achieved! This is the final push before all of your hard work pays off. To help you through this challenging chapter, we have put together our top tips for REVISION.
A great way to prompt efficient and regular revision is by setting rewards. Try meeting your friends or watching the next episode of your favourite series once you reach a certain point in your study. This gives you regular breaks to refresh and relax as well as a healthy study-life balance.
By starting your revision early in the day, you are allowing more time to enjoy yourself in the afternoon, making more of your day! By creating a steady routine early on in the academic year, means you will find it more manageable. This will ensure you cover all the study criteria without it getting in the way of your hobbies and down time.
The most important part is to have a vision! This may be a dream career, college or university offer you are hoping to accept. Think of these exams as stepping stones to this goal in the future. Once they are successfully complete, you are another step closer to where you hope to be.
You will be taking these exams as an individual, therefore your revision should reflect this. Throughout your education you may have been taught many ‘effective’ revision techniques, but ultimately it is your choice. Hopefully you are at a point now where you have trial and errored enough methods to know which works for you, now all you have to do is stick with it!
Remember, self-care is always a priority! Exam season can be very stressful and tiring, this is why it is important to take some time for yourself. Simply eating a healthy meal or reading for pleasure can boost your mood immensely. Make a conscious effort to sleep well and avoid studying just before bed, giving your brain time to unwind.
Revision can sometimes leave you feeling quite isolated, this is why we encourage incorporating some interaction with other into your revision. This can vary from revising with friends, or simply asking someone at home to assist you by reading the questions aloud for you to answer. A tactic we found works well, is to teach somebody outside of you class what it is you have learnt.
Organisation is key to revision both physically and mentally. Studies show that working in a tidy environment reduces distractions and stress. The same applies with the organisation of your day, if you have a clear timetable which shows study time and free time, you will have a better idea of what is required of you to meet your goals.
Notes and past papers are invaluable when it comes to revision! They allow you to refresh your knowledge as well as familiarise yourself with the exam format to ensure you are ready to face the real thing!
If you are still unsure about what to do when you have completed your exams and finished school, come along to one of our next Open Days to seek advice and guidance www.camre.ac.uk/open-days