Exams are coming up soon - both GCSEs and A Levels - and it's important to give yourself the best chance of success. However, if you're not sure on revision techniques or don’t know what works best for you, here are some tips that may help.
Our A Levels students are being supported in their exam preparation with individual and group support from our Tutors who are all specialists in their subject and are passionate about seeing students succeed. Here are some additional tips, which will also come in handy for those GCSEs students who have applied to join us this autumn and start their journey to success.
- You could use a variety of different colours to categorise different pieces of information and making sure key terms stand out. Using a mixture of pictures and words when creating your notes, as well as different colours, allows your brain to process the information better, giving you a better chance of understanding the information and remembering it in your exams.
- Mind maps are also good to use when revising topics that consist of several sub-topics. With a mind map, place the name of the topic in the centre of the page with main branches leading to key concepts and, from key concepts, add smaller detail. Once all your the information is down on paper, link areas together with an explanation as to why they link. This strategy allows you to condense a whole topic into all the important information required to give good answers during the exam.
- When answering practice exam questions, make sure it is as realistic as possible by timing your questions. To do this, collect a group of exam questions you are going to attempt, add up the total amount of marks available. You can then work on having one minute for each mark and use a timer to keep yourself on track. This is important as, in the exam, you will be working against the clock and be required to give quality answers at a fast rate, ensuring you are able to finish the exam before you run out of time.
- When you are confident with your revision and feel as though you have a good understanding on the topics you are revising, it is important to begin to condense your notes. This means taking your notes and then putting them into your own words to a stage where you have transformed your notes into bullet points. This allows you to test your knowledge and highlight any areas which need further revision.