Revision tips for exam success

OK so it January and it the start of the new year.Something I started having is more exams and assessments.

There is not a ‘right’ way of revising but finding what  suits you best is essential to do well.


Basic tips:

1) Start EARLY

  • Avoid revising late in to the night as you are less likely to remember
  • Start revising as soon as you know have a test/exam preferably 3 weeks in advance.
  • Don’t leave it until last minute trying to cram everything in the night before
  •  revise each topic as you go along in each subject


  • Don’t expect to do well if you are unorganised and don’t devote some of your time to revision

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
Winston Churchill

  • start from 1 hour and then slowly increase how long you spend revising.

3) DON’T Procrastinate

  • putting things off can lead to failure of meeting your set deadlines which in a professional environment is not acceptable it is good to have a habit of completing tasks on time early on.

4)Keep Hydrated

  • It essential to keep hydrated because it affects your memory,a mere two percent drop in hydration will make your short-term memory so fuzzy that you’ll be unable to remember your friends’ names, have trouble doing basic maths  and forget where you put your keys. 

4)Ask for help

  • If you don’t understand something at the end of the day it not your teachers/professors/mentors or friends who are missing out it’s you.
  • If you are in school approach your teacher
  • If you are at home then maybe ask your parents or a friend to help you out
  • If you cannot access none of these people Google it or read about in revision guides/textbooks

Ways to revise?

  • Find out what topics areas you are studying every term so that when it comes to a test you have revised them
  • One of my friends writes down the bar-codes of the textbooks that we use in class and then uses it at home
  • Something I do is make note revision sheets and note cards for each topic which is useful
  • Learn the key facts off by heart because in subjects like the three sciences (Physics,Chemistry,Biology). It is also about applying the knowledge to situation as well knowing process and formulas.
  • Colour code! It helps you to visualize what relates to what.
  •  Mnemonics, Mind maps,flashcards etc..
  • Don’t over work yourself you can only concentrate for 45 minutes blocks at time so take 10-15 minute breaks.
  • Do something that will take your mind off it go for a quick cycle ride?maybe read a book or yoga? or maybe take the dog for a walk but don’t remember don’t end up procrastinating.
  • if it is something to do with languages then record yourself and listen to it again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again again and again and again and again
  • Chunking In psychology is a term which refers grouping information together you can remember between 5-9 words or numbers.
  • ROTE- writing or saying something over again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again again and again and again and again.
  • A common well known form of this in other words is in primary school LOOK,COVER,WRITE! (words of wisdom they are for me at least)

Environment in which you should revise

  • A well lit room without distractions like TV
  • Avoid going on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook as they are a common cause of putting things off (for me)
  • Make sure you have a tidy desk I feel if it is untidy it creates a unsuitable learning environment.
  • Have a revision time table so you know what you are doing on what day and when.
  • something that works for me is to put quotes up about success and handwork on the wall where I’m studying so when i feel distracted i see them which then motivates me.

Learn how to switch between work,play and rest. (there is a right time for everything)

Blessing from above for exams practice

  • Buy revision guides specific  to your exam board or subject,often the specification differs slightly from board to board also often at the back of study guides there are past papers 
  • Find past papers normally the school will provide you them if you ask and if not then find out your exam board and then look for past papers online.
  • Often questions are repeated and if you have done them when revising it gives you a advantage
  • Get a list of topics from your teacher so you know what you have to do and structure your revision time.

 Last-minute revision tips
Although time may be short, you can still make a difference to your grade. Try and prioritise; do what you can.

  • Use your revision tools (prompts, diagrams etc) to check final facts
  • Keep calm and consolidate your existing knowledge rather than trying to learn new topics
  • Don’t stay up all night revising; being overtired will not help you to do your best.

In the exam/test

  • Check you have the correct equipment with you before you leave the house (pens pencils, ruler, scientific calculator, etc)
  • Do take a watch or clock so that you can time your answers
  • Write as neatly as possible to help the examiner to mark your work. Marking untidy writing is difficult
  • For instance In GCSE geography you can choose questions you want to do in the Paper
  • Think Positive
  • If you start to panic or feel like your going mind blank then shut your eye, take a deep breath and say to your self “I can do it!”- Keep a positive mindset, attitude and outlook good things will follow

Hope these tips have helped in demonstrating effective ways in which to achieve the goal and targets set  in the best way possible.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi

Many Thanks



4 thoughts on “Revision tips for exam success

    1. Thank you! I’m glad your cousin recommended this to you and i hope it really helped. I try to write posts that are appealing and enjoyable 🙂
      by the way who your cousin? 🙂

    1. Thank you! I really appreciate that 🙂 Please keep reading sorry for lately not posting however there are some more on the way at a later date in the near future if not soon!

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