Leave plenty of time to revise so that you don’t get into a situation of having to do last minute cramming. This approach will help to boost your confidence and reduce any pre-exam stress as you know you have prepared well.
Develop a timetable so that you can track and monitor your progress. Make sure you allow time for fun and relaxation so that you avoid burning out.
Make your books, notes and essays more user-friendly with summary notes, headings, sub-headings, highlighting and revision cards. Try using key works or spider charts. Get tips on other revision techniques from teachers and friends – do what works for you.
As soon as you notice your mind is losing concentration, take a short break. You will then come back to your revision refreshed.
Experiment with several alternative revision techniques so that revision is more fun and your motivation to study is high.
Everyone revises differently – find out what routine suits you best – alone or with a friend; morning or late at night; short, sharp bursts or longer revision sessions.
Take notes of important points when revising as an aid for future revision or if you need to clarify something with a teacher. Try explaining the answers to tricky questions to someone else, or look at past exam papers and try answering some of the questions.
Don’t drink too much coffee, tea and fizzy drinks; the caffeine will ‘hype’ you and make your thinking less clear. Eat healthily and regularly; your brain will benefit from the nutrients.
Regular moderate exercise will boost your energy, clear your mind and reduce any feelings of stress.
Try out some yoga, tai chi or relaxation techniques. They will help to keep you feeling calm and balanced, improve your concentration levels and help you to sleep better.
Ask for help if there are things you don’t understand. If you are feeling stressed out, talk to someone.