How To Revise For Exams- Weird Tips That Actually Work!
How to Make Revising Fun
Revision tends to be a stressful time and fun isn't something you usually associate with it. Yet, fun may just be what you need to inject into your revision, so that you can improve your concentration levels, focus better and try to enjoy what you're going through, just a little. Whether it's SATs, GCSEs, A-Levels, you name it, here are a few suggestions to help you revise effectively with a little more fun.
Get organised by making a revision table that makes space for fun breaks.It is always important to make a revision timetable so you are organised. Get information from your school teacher on the subject exams that you will be taking. Aim to begin revising well ahead of the actual exam dates; that way you will have less stress about the whole thing and can afford to let yourself take a more graceful pace to your revising.
Stick to one revision timetable throughout your whole revision schedule.This reduces the decision-making involved and creates comfortable routine for you, saving that extra decision-making space for learning and relaxing later.
Colour code your timetable.Choose software that allows you to colour code your timetable. This is a whole lot more fun than dull black and white with the occasional greys. For example, Microsoft Excel will let you color code the revision timetable in a digital format.
- If you're not using a digital timetable, use highlights and stickers on your paper timetable.
Schedule time for fun into that revision timetable.It is important to include relaxing time as well as revision time. The relaxing times matter; they give you distance from what you're learning, allowing your brain to process everything properly, at a gentler pace. This helps your short term memory layer down into long-term memory and is a whole lot more useful and kinder to your future self. Moreover, having relaxing breaks and fun time will help to keep your brain calm and peaceful. Most importantly, schedule in adequate sleep, for it is during sleep that you process all that you're taking in, allowing your brain to properly comprehend it and retrieve it for you mid-exam. to give yourself enough sleep! Here is one suggested timetable list of things to give yourself:
- regular breaks, every half hour to an hour
- eating time
- hobby time
- school time
- 3-6 hours of revision is recommended for each day.
Revision with fun tools
Allow yourself to be creative in the approaches you take to learning.This creativity will help embed your understanding much better than rote reading or writing; using artistic and interesting revision tools will allow your mind explode with different revision ideas and the information will stay foremost in your memory.
Make revision posters.Posters are the perfect thing to use for revision. They can be as bright and colorful as you like, they can allow you to use lists, circles, mind maps, arrows, pictures, decoupage, etc. Since they're a work of art andinteresting, they almost persuade you to revise from them!
Use A4/printing paper to make a small poster, larger thin cardboard for bigger posters.Some subjects may be more suitable to making posters for than others. Here's a list of suggested additions to help:
- Science (explaining processes, making diagrams)
- Art (explaining artists)
- History (bubbles to explain different people in the time period)
- French (translation bubbles)
- English (novels with plots and imagery)
Refer to revision guides or websites related to your subject.Make your poster bright and colourful with felt-tips so you will be tempted to revise from it later. Try to colour code it with colours associated with your subject. Make any writing big and bold, enough to see from a long distance. Hang up your revision posters in your bedroom, around the house... Anywhere you go to often so you can see your revision posters when performing everyday tasks.
Use digital tools to help you revise.Use mind mapping software, note-taking apps, quiz apps, online educational games, Wordless, lists, Pinterest, etc. to keep your revisions ideas, information and notes in. Wherever you go, you can access these digital notes from your smartphone, tablet or other digital device, making it easy to revise when traveling, at a sports game, waiting for a friend, in the park, or wherever else you'd rather be. Going outside or going somewhere different can help your brain absorb new concepts and information, or can help rev up a tired brain sick of being stuck in the one place for ages. Make use of the digital tools to give you this freedom.
Use MOOCs to help you.Find a MOOC that is right on topic and check out what it's offering. Use the tools they offer, including their videos, forums and reading material, to give you new angles and interest on the topics you're revising.
Get a revision helper.Having a live person take time to help you revise can add a lot more pep to your learning. This person can be your sister, brother, a friend, a parent or someone else you know loves to help you.
- You might find you feel better off with someone who is about the same level as you, or is taking the same exam, so you can revise together. However, even having someone go through quiz-style on information they know little about can help you and can even inspire you to "teach" them (and in teaching, you learn).
Test your knowledge.Assign projects to your learning buddies every week, and expect them to do the same for you in turn.
- For example, you could tell your revision helper to make a PowerPoint with a model to explain their topic and at the end of the week, they can present their work. You can give them a WWW (what went well) mark and an EBI (even better if) mark. Next time they will know how to improve.
Encourage each other.Try to cheer each other on to complete revision and correct each other. Two people working together means double the knowledge and twice the entertainment. Bind together your knowledge to create a "What we know" sheet explaining your topic.
Do active revision with your friends.Active revision gets you moving, enjoying and remembering. Here are some ideas:
- Get your friend to be a teacher and let them teach you what they know about a topic. Challenge them. Swap afterwards.
- Explore different places to do revision. For example, geography is the perfect subject for this idea.
- Do experiments (specifically aimed at science) e.g. paper aeroplanes, diffusion, friction etc.
- Get 8-10 hours of sleep a day to be awake enough for revision.
- Be absolutely clear about what you actually need to revise.
- Revise in places such as: the library, school, your bedroom. Be comfortable but not so comfortable you feel sleepy and inattentive. A fresh airflow can help keep you alert.
- Do not revise with the TV on. It's a distraction that your brain cannot handle. You maythinkyou've taken in the information but it's less likely when you've also heard the TV show.
- Listen to your favourite music through headphones; this may improve your concentration but if you find it's a distraction, don't do it. The volume should be on almost silent. Classical or instrumental music is often the least distracting and most helpful choice.
- Do not "over-revise"; this can lead to a lack of concentration and despair. You can't know everything but you can learn how to process information well and make correlations, so concentrate on learning what you can sensibly learn in the time you have, then use your smart thinking during the exam.
- Do not "under-revise" either. Cramming at the last minute will lead to stress and reduces your ability to make intelligent and independent inferences about the exam work before you.
- Make sure you are getting information from a reliable site. Not all websites contain verifiable information. Ask your teacher if you're unsure.
Video: How to revise | BBC Newsbeat
How to Improve Listening Skills in the Classroom
All-year daylight-saving time would force you to start work in the dark
The Everyday Girls Guide to Ditching Sugar in 2019 Without Hating Your Life
How to Write Talking Points
The Best-Selling Fragrances of 2019 Might Surprise You
Could Inadequate Sleep Cause Irreversible Brain Death
15 Kids Who Are Already Pro Fashion Bloggers
Jemma Kidd – 2011 Mentor
Chipotle Is Giving Out Burritos for 4 and One Person Will Win Free Burritos for an Entire Year
How to Buy Jenny Craig Food
How to Create SnapchatInspired Costumes
Watch the clip via CNN