WHEN SHOULD YOU START TO REVISE? <ul><li>Start before you become anxious </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t leave it too late </li></ul><ul><li>Start NOW! </li></ul>
WHAT DO I REVISE? 5 . Work out a revision timetable. 1 . List all the topics & sub-topics of each subject. 2 . Ask yourself : <ul><li>how useful is the topic for the exam? </li></ul><ul><li>how much do I understand? </li></ul><ul><li>how easy / difficult do I find it? </li></ul><ul><li>how interested am I in it? </li></ul>3 . Select topics to revise: don't revise everything 4 . Decide the order of your revision and whether you start with an easy task, then a difficult one or vice versa.
SEVEN STEPS TO REVISION ... 1 . Play to your learning style. 2 . Avoid long spell of just reading – don’t be passive 3 . Start each revision slot by reviewing what you revised previously 4 . Take lots of short breaks, don’t work for more than 20 mins at a time; take 5 mins break then after two hours take a longer break and a treat. 5 . Make use of short bits of time – e.g. on the bus, before lunch. 6 . Give yourself variety – don’t get stale & plod on with one topic for too long. Use the revision circle. 7 . Practise important things many times .
USE ACTIVE REVISION ... 1 . Read with a purpose 2 . Mind-mapping 3 . Concept mapping 4 . Note taking 7 . Revision groups 6 . Invent mnemonics 5 . Test yourself – get someone else to test you . <ul><li>Underlining </li></ul><ul><li>Summarising </li></ul><ul><li>Bullet points – Post-its in different rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Summary cards </li></ul>
TAKING THE EXAM ... 1 . Check where and when and how long 2 . Have an early relaxing night before 3 . Expect to feel nervous! It’s normal. 4 . Avoid conversations before the exam which you know will wind you up. 7 . If stuck don’t panic – leave it and go on to another question. If time come back to it. 6 . Answer the best question first – this will give you confidence. 5 . Read the questions carefully , select the questions you are going to do and work out how much time to spend on each. 8 . If running out of time finish the question in note form. 9 . If you have time proofread and check your answers.
SQ4R Review: look over the notes when you have finished. Quiz yourself. Look at the notes the next day and then each week before the exam Question: turn the first heading into a question Read: with the aim of finding the answer to your question Recite: when you have completed that look away and speak out the jist of what you have found Rite: make notes of the answer in abbreviated form – just enough to jog your memory Survey: look at the headings and sub-headings and summaries
The revision cycle ... memorise understand reflect test