5 Easy Revision Tips To Help You Ace Your Exams

5 easy revision tips to help you ace your exams

For many people, May marks the beginning of exam season. It’s that time of year where all thoughts of relaxing go out the window, and people put all their effort into getting the best grades possible.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been lost at the thought of revising. When my first set of serious exams came up a few years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I knew what revision was in theory, but I didn’t know how to actually do it. It was something that took a while to get into the hang of, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite methods below.

The Flashcard Method

I owe all my grades from the last year to this method. I rave about it to anyone I know with upcoming exams, but honestly, it’s been a lifesaver. It’s so versatile, too: there are online websites especially for flashcards, so you don’t even have to buy them.

Personally, I prefer writing them down on little pieces of card. I feel like it helps me remember the question and answer more, but that’s just me. After filling out the cards, I will write the answers to each question on a separate piece of paper. I’ll check the answers afterwards, and add any I do know to a separate pile, continuing to test myself on those I don’t know. The night before, I will then put the flashcards back together and re-test myself to ensure I know everything.

Re-writing notes in colourful ways

I don’t think this is an effective method if you plan to rewrite everything. It takes far too much time, and really, there’s no point. This is a method I tend to use for topics which won’t stick in my brain in any other way. I make boarders around headings, draw diagrams, and use colourful pens. This works for me because it makes revision fun, and provides a point of reference for the future.

No music (or, if you must, nothing with words)

Even if you don’t realise it, when listening to music, your brain is never fully concentrated on the task at hand. As well as trying to take in the information, it is also trying to listen and process the music. This means it will take far longer to take in the information than if you were to do so in silence. If you can’t work in complete silence, try an instrumental or classical tracks, where the lack of words means there is less to process.

listen to study songs

Listen to study songs

This may seem slightly hypocritical after my last piece of advice, but hear me out. I don’t mean that you should listen to study songs while revising other things, but I’m sure there’s time in your day where you’d usually listen to music where you can do this instead. Perhaps when you’re getting a bus to and from school, or when you’re tidying your room. I recently discovered studytracks, which has lots of songs for several different subjects.

Follow study tags on social media

Sometimes, all we need to get in the mood to revise is some motivation. What’s better than seeing lots of pretty notes on Instagram, or someone’s study routine on YouTube to get you in the mood? This can definitely be helpful in getting motivation, but if you know this will distract you, then it might not be the best idea.

 

The tags on social media that I know of includes: Studyblr on Tumblr, Studygram on Instagram, and Studytube on YouTube.


Have you heard of these tips before? Have you used them, and have they helped you at all? If they have, let me know down in the comments below!

Good luck to anyone who is taking their exams in the next few months. It might be helpful to read my post about why exams aren’t everything if you need a reminder that your best is enough. Remember, exams can be retaken, your life can’t. Always take care of you first.

Thanks for reading, and until next Saturday

Goodbye

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27 Comments

  1. GirlMasked

    13/05/2017 at 6:56 PM

    Great tips!
    I love writing my notes in different colour pens and highlighting things to make them stand out and easier to learn.
    I use flashcards too!
    Mainly for history essays and sometimes geography, they really help and are a true test if I know the material!!

    1. RebekahG

      17/05/2017 at 9:44 PM

      Thank you.
      I tend to do that with my first drafts now, although I do still rewrite some if they’re really not going into my head, haha!
      That sounds really helpful.

  2. lolitambonita

    13/05/2017 at 7:56 PM

    I feel.you girl! My folder was rammed full of colourful.notes I even rented out a room in the library with a white board! Haha! X
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      17/05/2017 at 9:45 PM

      Wow, now THAT’s dedication. You go girl!

  3. Jasmin N

    13/05/2017 at 9:19 PM

    Ooh these are great tips! I sure as hell would have needed these when I was doing my finals in upper secondary school haha.

    1. RebekahG

      14/05/2017 at 11:34 PM

      Thank you! Haha, it’s always the way, finding information when it’s too late.

  4. ShootingStarsMag

    14/05/2017 at 12:26 AM

    These are great tips. I wish I knew about the social media tags when I was still in school – that would be kind of fun to see what other people did to study. I’ve definitely used note cards a lot in the past.

    -Lauren

    1. RebekahG

      14/05/2017 at 11:35 PM

      I found out about them the year after my serious exams, and although they were helpful, I wish I’d found them the year earlier, too. I think flashcards/note cards are turning out to be quite popular, which is interesting!

  5. Kintan

    14/05/2017 at 8:13 AM

    This is amazing tips for sure for all those whom may need it. Motivation and concentration are always two part that has to be stay together. Very well written dear. XO

    1. RebekahG

      14/05/2017 at 11:38 PM

      Thank you! Yes, motivation and concentration are very important, 100%.

  6. Maikel - Maikelsword.com

    14/05/2017 at 9:02 AM

    Exams can be so stressfull but these are great tips!

    1. RebekahG

      14/05/2017 at 11:35 PM

      They definitely can be! Thank you.

  7. Mellissa Williams

    14/05/2017 at 9:05 AM

    I remember using flashcards to revise – this is a brilliant tip. Also making spider diagrams helped me get a 2:1 in university

    1. RebekahG

      14/05/2017 at 11:36 PM

      Oh wow, congratulations! Spider diagrams or mindmaps are definitely a great way of getting information quickly when you’re a visual learner.

  8. Rebecca Brianne

    14/05/2017 at 3:59 PM

    The one I can say helps me most is rewriting my notes! I sit down at my library with my pencil case and just copy things down in different colors in order to help me remember. For languages I remember the flashcard method being the most helpful!

    Best,
    Rebecca

    1. RebekahG

      14/05/2017 at 11:37 PM

      Yeah. I think that’s the most effective method for me, depending on how I’m using it. There was a time when I was just rewriting everything I understood, which kind of defeats the purpose of it, haha!

  9. Beth Berger

    14/05/2017 at 4:23 PM

    Yessss to flash cards! There are some cool flash card apps out that you can use on your phone/tablet that I wish were out during my student years.

    1. RebekahG

      14/05/2017 at 11:37 PM

      I’ve heard of some of them. They seem really interesting, but I haven’t used them before. I might look into them again when I go to university.

  10. prernagargagarwal

    15/05/2017 at 6:13 PM

    Brilliant and useful ideas for exam preparations. I always used rewrite notes in order to remember things for my exams!

    1. RebekahG

      17/05/2017 at 9:42 PM

      Thank you!
      I definitely think rewriting notes can be useful, but it can be ineffective if you spend too long on it. I wrote a few of my notes pages down last year, enhancing the information with stuff from textbooks, but with each double-sided page taking me about 40 minutes, I knew doing them for everything wouldn’t work for me. For that reason, I kept it to things I couldn’t understand any other way.
      It’s great if it works for you, though!

  11. Emma Connor

    15/05/2017 at 9:01 PM

    Great tips! I would also add to take breaks! You learn best in short bursts of 20 mins followed by very short breaks!

    http://www.emma-jayne.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      17/05/2017 at 9:41 PM

      Yeah, that definitely works really well for some people!
      I know for me, I can only work for longer periods. I pretend to work for 2-4 hours straight and know I don’t have anything on for the rest of the day. I know that doesn’t go for everyone–or even most people, though.

  12. Kaleigh

    17/05/2017 at 9:52 PM

    Just signed up for a summer algebra class – this may help me. LOL. I am horrible at math!

    1. RebekahG

      19/05/2017 at 4:23 PM

      Oh wow–you’re braver than I am. Good luck with those classes!

  13. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    03/06/2017 at 5:42 AM

    Great tips, thanks! I have some exams coming up so I’ll have to try some of these. XD I loovveee making notes with coloured pens, and for some subjects I have codes. Orange pen for definitions, black for examples, etc. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. RebekahG

      03/06/2017 at 3:06 PM

      Good luck with your exams! Coloured pens are my life–in my mind, it just makes everything so much easier. Although I do coursework based assessments rather than exams, I often make a key at the start of a unit. So helpful, isn’t it? Thanks for reading!

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