Taking the stress out of revision
It’s important not to leave revision until the last minute because that just adds to stress levels. ‘A little, often’ is a good way to approach revision.
Here are some tips to help you revise:
• Do about 30 minutes and then take a short break
• Avoid distractions like having the TV on while you are working
• Don’t just focus on favourite or ‘easy’ subjects
• Don’t overdo it in a day – give yourself time away from your books
• Make sure you have past questions from your teachers for practice
Make revision active so that you are doing something:
• Break your notes up into bullet points
• Read them aloud
• Record them and play it back
• Make flash cards of key points
• Create spidergrams or mind maps
• Ask someone to test you on facts you need to remember
• Make up mnemonics to help you remember lists
Developing your revision folder
You need to start putting together a revision folder of notes for every subject. We mean ‘start’ – you will build up the folder over the coming months. You are not expected to do it all at once. School will give you a folder and any resources you need – but YOU have to do the work!
Remember that there are staffed study support sessions running for Year 11 every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with a specific focus on revision skills and on building up your revision folder.