In the weeks before the exams
- Plan a revision programme. Make a list of the topics you need to revise for each subject and draw up a revision timetable. Blank revision timetable are available from your form tutor.
- Start by putting in your lesson times and then add times for relaxing. For example, if you know that you go to a sports practice on a Tuesday evening or Saturday morning put that in.
- Then add slots for a particular television programme that you would like to watch (not too many of these!).
- Next, add in meal times.
- With the slots that are left – fill in revision for particular subjects.
- It is very important to fill in a timetable for the week of the exams.
- You should use your exam timetable to do this.
- Do not stay up too late to work. If you get too tired you will not be able to revise properly.
The night before the exam
- Do not do too much last minute revising. If you do you are likely to tire yourself out mentally.
- Find something nice and relaxing to do just before you go to bed.
- Make sure that you do not go to bed too late but do not start worrying if you do not fall asleep immediately.
How to reviseUse this step by step guide to help you revise thoroughly for your exams. Before you begin make sure you have everything you need. You will need a pen, pencil, ruler, highlighter pen and some small sheets of paper or index cards. Choose one of the topics that you have to revise and concentrate on that section of your notes. Read the notes carefully, pick out the key facts and either underline or highlight them. Go through your notes again and make a set of revision notes either on paper or a card, by listing the keyfacts you have got to learn. Study the revision card and try to learn the key facts. Cover up the revision card and try to write out the key facts from memory or get someone else to test you. Check to see if you remembered all the facts and whether you missed out any. Use your pencil or highlighter to mark any important points which you did not know and if necessary repeat stages 4 and 5 until you are sure that you have learned everything you need to know.
- Alternatively you may wish to use a tape recorder to record the key points and play it back to yourself.
- In addition you could make posters of key words, phrases and formulae and stick them up in your bedroom.
- Remember there are lots of revision materials on the internet. Use it wisely!
A revision planner has been provided to help with your time management during exams