Revising – Students
1) Choose a room to revise where there are no distractions.
2) Revise topics more than once so that they stay in your long term memory.
3) The whole point of revising is that you learn something. There’s no point in looking at a book and not taking it in.
4) Test yourself to see if you can remember what you’ve leant. Do this by either trying to write out what you have learnt or by answering questions on the material.
5) Start revising early. The later you leave it the more you will have to learn in the days leading to the exam.
6) Don’t skip corners – revise everything you need to know, if you miss something out, chances are, it will be on the exam.
7) Make a revision table and fill in how much revision you do for each subject each day. It will help you keep the revision balanced and it will motivate you to keep going.
8) If you do a lot of revision reward yourself.
9) Take a 10 minute break every 30 to 40 minutes.
10) Make a revision plan and stick to it. Try and revise every day so that you stay in a routine but feel free to reward yourself by doing fewer hours occasionally.
Revision Tips – For Parents
1) A dedicated quiet space with good natural light or lighting is best for studying, with no distractions. If you have other children who are not studying for exams, make sure that they know the importance of revision time.
2) Ensure that your son or daughter has one evening a week away from their studies. It’s also important that they take regular breaks during the study periods.
3) Be around as a ‘feeding station’ – feed your child lots of healthy food and proper meals – not too many sugary snacks and junk food.
4) Offer to help with testing or ask if there is something that you can do for them – reassure them you are concerned about their welfare more than the results.
5) Know your son or daughter’s revision timetable. Encourage them to tell you about what they are studying. If you know that they are not at their best first thing in the morning, encourage them to rest then and work when they are most lively. They should choose their weakest/sleepiest time of day to be sociable and go out, or watch TV at those times.
6) Know exactly the date, time and location for each exam and incorporate this into the revision plan and make sure that they have the correct equipment they need for the exam (calculators, rulers etc). Know what they are not allowed to take in to the exam (mobile phones, pagers, text messagers, MP3 players etc).
7) If your son or daughter has a medical condition, e.g. Diabetes, hay fever, make sure that the school knows about it. There are special considerations for some conditions.
8) If there is a family crisis, for example divorce or bereavement, again ensure that your son or daughter’s teacher knows about it since the additional stress can affect your child’s exam performance.
9) Make sure that your child is using the internet to study and not as a resource to give the appearance of study!
10) Tell them that they can only try their best and even if they don’t do as well as you hope, you still love them just as much.