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This year might not be the typically set out for the academic year, and how you are tested might be slightly different than previous years. However, I still wanted to gather some tips that can help you revise for an exam. Or a class test or even just an online quiz.


Set Out A Plan

Set out a plan of the subjects or modules you need to revise for, and then break those down to smaller section to study. While on one hand the amount of stuff you need to do on this list could be overwhelming, you are also more likely to be able to tick things off quickly since you broke everything down into a smaller section. And ticking off stuff works in many of our brains as a guide for how well we are doing.

Study Apps

I've mentioned some apps before in my post about apps that every student should be using, however, I'm going to them again. The likes of Forest and Flip can help you stay on track with your revising time. And with Flip you can even note down the time you want to spend on each topic and then work towards those each, therefore letting you know which areas you're fine with and which need to be given more time.

Set Time Amounts

Kind of linking to the last point but set minimum time amounts to study each subject each day. Be it an hour or four, just set a minimum that is possible for you. That means you not only have a routine for revision but also if you set a minimum if you do any more you are going to feel more motivated in the following days.

Study Everything Everyday

You don't want to solidly focus on one topic and then burn out because you are just overwhelmed with the work. I like to flitter between my modules when I study. This also means that I give my brain a break when I'm struggling on one part, sometimes stepping away from it and coming back to it later helps in the long run. And if you then focus on other areas of study you are not wasting the time that you would have otherwise spent starring at the topic that is confusing you and getting no work done.

Start Revising Sooner Rather Than Later

Our teachers are always telling us to start consolidating from the beginning fo the year, and I bet for the most part most of you don't. However, studies have shown that the best time to consolidate your work in the day of or the day after you learn something. And to store it in your long term memory you need to keep up going over the topic throughout the year.

Don't Cram!

I stand by this one 100%.
As much as you'll want to revise right up until the moment you walk into the exam hall, this is actually so bad for your long term memory that you've been working on throughout the whole year. If you're stuffing your short term memory with information the day of the exam you are more likely to forget everything in your long term. Which is why you'll never see me revising outside the exam hall.

In the end, if you are stressed on exam day, remember that you've learnt and covered everything you need to know. That means it is in your brain somewhere, even if it takes you until the last 15 minutes to find that folder in your memory that holds the questions answers.

Have you got any other tips for revising for exams?

- Sophie

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