With the beginning of important examinations for Year 11 students, revision should now be in full swing. 

Revising often gets a bad press – it’s often seen as boring and dull, but it needn’t be.  Using these smart revision techniques will help you shine in your exams and glow in the interviews that follow.    

Here are 16 of the best revision tips on the planet – implement these and you’ll be on course to achieving your possible best grades. 

Tip #1

Make flash cards. These are bite-size revision notes using key words and phrases, plus drawings.  Index cards, rolodex & paint-shade cards, all work well.  Actually creating the cards themselves helps make the information stick and using them is a revision game-changer – so it’s a win-win situation!

Tip #2

Invest in post-its & build a post-it note wall of key facts & information in your bedroom.  The wall act as a revision tracker as you remove post-its one by one as the information is memorised.

Tip #3

Make a detailed revision schedule.  Pin it up where everyone can see it.  This is a great way to keep on track with all your subjects – and keep everyone quiet!

Tip #4

Read and Speak. Let your brain see the facts and *HEAR* them too.

Tip #5

Read, Record & Press Play!  You can take this information anywhere & everywhere: in the car, on the bus…

Tip #6

Take breaks. A 5-10 minute break will give your brain time to process everything you’ve just revised.  10 minutes in every hour will really help you stay cool, calm and productive.

Tip #7

Stay off Social Media!  Is there a bigger distraction in the world than Facebook?  No – so stay away!  Get someone to change your password during revision time and treat your catch up as a reward for dedication to the cause of revision!

Tip #8

Revise for you! Just because your friends can sit in front of a book all day and take in every piece of information, it doesn’t mean your brain works the same way.  Find out what works for you and tackle revision your way: spider diagrams, pictures, buddy revision, revision apps – in any combination.

Tip #9

Ditch the highlighter. There are far better ways to connect with your learning; testing yourself & teaching a friend being among the best!

Tip #10

Put your phone away (unless you’re using a revision app).  Research shows that out of sight really is out of mind!

Tip #11

Do past papers. You should be living, breathing and eating past exam papers! These demonstrate your knowledge & understanding and signal any gaps.  They also help you rehearse the process of responding under time pressure.

Tip #12

Test yourself and/or your study buddy. It’s the most effective way to boost your ability to recall information.

Tip #13

Stay hydrated. If you feel your concentration levels are dropping, or your reaction times are slowing down, it’s usually because you’re not drinking enough. Water is the best brain food.  End of!

Tip #14

Ask for help!  Don’t sit there and suffer in silence. If you’re struggling with a concept, don’t set it aside – ask your teachers, parents, friends; they’ll be happy to help get you back on track.

Tip #15

Take fresh air & exercise to help you stay focused. These also increase your ability to deal with stressful situations like exams.

Tip #16

Get some sleep!!! Try to get 8 hours a night.  You’ll notice the difference in how much better you feel after a few weeks and there’ll be plenty of time to celebrate on Results Day when all your hard work has paid off.