How to revise for GCSEs and A-Levels


Revising for an exam is vital to ensure you are fully prepared for the knowledge that is being tested. Planning ahead will help to make you successful. The most important part of revising is not to just work just hard but maintain a consistent level of study.

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It's worth remembering to allow yourself time off from revision, there's no point in burning yourself out mentally and physically. When it comes to allowing time for different subjects, be aware of strengths and weaknesses so you can spend more time on your weaker subjects

Here are some simple rules to help you through exam season:

Re-reading your class notes can come in handy when you need to remind yourself of the key facts. You need to get clever when it comes to revising. Don't spend all your time reading, there are other methods that will help you be successful.

Revision guides - don't buy any more than one per subject.

Summarise your notes into key points and copy to revision cards.
If you are using diagrams draw your own so that you can remember them better.

Use mnemonics to help you remember certain patterns or sequences. A mnemonic is a way of aiding your memory by using abbreviations, words or phrases.

Why not try audio notes? By reading your notes onto a dictaphone you can play them back to yourself over and over again.

Write important words phrases or key dates on sticky notes that can be stuck where you'll see them every day.

Use friends and family to test you on facts. This will help you keep your mind alert and it will give you an idea as to how much you really know.

As the exams approach try doing some practice papers which you can either get off your teacher or off your examination board's website. This will really test how much you know.