How to Revise for Exams

How to Revise Successfully

There’s no reason to fear exams. Learning to revise for them successfully can help keep you actively engaged in your studies, ensuring that you won’t become a study zombie. You can learn to organize effectively, revise actively, and find the support you need to find the finish line



Part 1 of 3: Organizing Your Revision

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Find a good place to study. Find a quiet, well-lit place to work that will be comfortable and free of distraction.

  • Log-out or temporarily disable social media like Facebook, the effort of logging in or enabling it will deter you and after a day you’ll start to forget about it- you lose a lot of time to vines and stranger stalking! Also science proves that our brains have an optimum irritation levels-basically we work better if we’re a little too cold, or on a rigid chair. sit to a desk or table- its more formal and re-creates the environment you’ll be tested in. Yet feel free to get down to it in your jammies- you can wear comfy clothes on the day .Some people like to designate one specific study-place, while others enjoy moving between the their room, the coffee shop, the library, and other study-places to break up the monotony. Choose whatever works best for you and your habits.
  • Some studies show that studying information in different places allows you to compartmentalize the information, making it easier to recall at a later date if you can associate the information with the location.
  • Some students find studying in public to be more effective, making it more difficult to watch television or fiddle with other distractions found in the home. Know yourself and head your bad habits off at the pass.[1]
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Draw up a timetable for your revision and stick to it. What do you hope to cover by the end of the week? By the end of the day? Working from a revision timetable helps you to make clear goals for each revision session and allows you to check them off as you progress. Revision plans can reduce anxiety, reassuring you that you’ve taken the necessary steps.

  • Alternatively if this isn’t your style and your life is more un-predictable, write up a tick list/ to-do list of all the subject areas or units you need to cover. You can do a separate colour or page for each of your subjects and see clearly exactly what what you’ve covered or what needs doing. This allows for chunk revision or a variation of topics in one day.


Set reasonable study targets that you know you can reach. Going over twelve chapters of trigonometry the night before a big exam is probably going to do more harm than good. Likewise, trying to revise all that Shakespeare several weeks out before being tested might not be the best way to remember the information by test-time. Organize in the most effective way to remember the most important information you’ve got to study.

You could revise throughout the year by spending 15 minutes each day making notes you’ll be able to rely upon later. By doing it in short stretches, you will remember more and feel less stressed. A month before your exam, you will have finished all your notes so you can spend a few hours a day reviewing notes and doing timed writing practice.

If your exam is a long way off, (although this is probably not the case for 80% of you) after each lesson write up your new notes on a Q card (it only take a couple of minutes!) and keep it with your work-this way you’re consolidating your knowledge and saving time and panic at the end of the year. If you are the 80% of last minute panickers with 7 exams in 8 days just around the corner- DO NOT PANIC- it is NEVER too late. You’ve already started the journey here, and stressing out is the last thing you need to do.