REVISION TIPS|PART 2Saturday, May 16, 2015
Recently, with exam season upon us, my previous post with tips and tricks on how to get the best out of your revision has been seeing a little love- which is great! It's great knowing that your silly little tricks can help others in such a stressful time but, as the post was written as I was taking my GCSE's, I feel my techniques have become more refined and purposeful. With all that said, I thought it would be a good idea to do an updated 'revision tips' post. Though some things have stayed the same, there are a few new ideas thrown in here too to spice things up and, as a little disclaimer, all of these tips work for me but it entirely depends on what sort of learner/ organiser/ reviser you are- so take what you wish from this!
- A glass of water (or a cup of herbal tea)
- A pen pot of bright coloured pens and pencils
- A stack of notecards for when I'm writing letters to people
- A candle to light when I'm working in the evenings and trying to de-stress
- A room spray to spritz every so often, keeping me alert and in the right mindset
- My laptop
Having a planner is great all year round to write down homework and deadlines, as well as juggling appointments and (when you get to A levels) University open days. But when it gets to study leave, if you are lucky enough to get it, it's great to divide up your time and prioritise exams. Additionally, copying out your exam timetable to make it less offending and daunting in appearance really helps me feel on top of everything. Knowing exactly when my exams are, having them written in my planner, pinned to my radiator and marked onto my calendar allows me to memorise exactly how long I've got so I feel ahead of time and more prepared!
Planner from Sainsbury's
Flashcards are ideal and timeless in organising all your information into bite-size pieces! I have one per unit per subject and find them so helpful to flick through the morning of your exam just to remind yourself of exactly what you need.
Notecards from Sainsbury's
When going over your textbook, I recommend sticking post-it notes over each paragraph to summarise. This saves money on buying textbooks and highlighting them and also helps the information sink it as you are having to rewrite chunks. It's a good exercise to do when you have 5 minutes to spare or before bed as it works best in moderation!
Using bright colours to make posters to hang up in your room or simple, neon mind-maps is great to use as a break from hardcore revision. Sometimes it's nice to make your knowledge look pretty so, when you are falling asleep, it's great to do as something more chilled out.
Folder also from Sainsbury's
Note taking is boring with just a notepad and a black ink pen. I usually have at hand:
- A green ballpoint pen: To self-mark essays with what I have done well and where I have met the assessment criteria
- A red ballpoint pen: To make corrections and improvements
- Fineliners: To make my notes look so much nicer. When marking my work I can make comments in a matching pen to my highlighter, making feedback detectable. I can also dissect sources and novels with colours. e.g.) red for authorial purpose, green for context etc....
- Highlighters: to highlight important information
- Sharpies (these are pastel): for mind-maps and making posters of information
As soon as I get home I throw on PJ bottoms to revise in- you might as well be as comfortable as possible. These are from T K Maxx and yes I am aware they are Christmas print!
Hope these were helpful & Good luck,