Taking your exams this summer? Follow our top 10 revision tips

Friday, 31 March 2017

A student lounging on a red sofa and revising from a book of study notes

With Easter fast approaching it’s the time of year when students across the country are preparing for their upcoming exams.

If you are sitting exams this summer and worried about the amount of revision you’ve done so far don’t panic! It’s never too late to start revising, but the more time you can give yourself the better your preparation will be and the more confident you’ll feel in your exam.

These tips from our Student Support Team on the actions you can take will help you to make the most of your revision time.

  1. Looking at your subject syllabus and working your way through the content is a good starting point. It will give you a good overview of the course content and the topics required for your exams.
     
  2. Drawing up a revision timetable will make sure that you are fully prepared for your exams. Remember to include extra time for anything unexpected that might come up and avoid last-minute cramming the night before your exam.
     
  3. Actively engaging with your learning materials and using different ways to study will make it easier to remember content. You could try:
    • reading material out loud;
    • learning using flash cards;
    • discussing the course content with family and friends and getting them to ask you questions about it;
    • drawing colourful maps and sheets - using colours and images will help you to memorise facts.
       
  4. Looking at your materials and revision notes will help you to remember, so make sure you include time to revisit them more than once.
     
  5. Finding somewhere quiet to study where you will be uninterrupted will help you revise. The library or your room are the best places.
     
  6. Exercising increases your productivity by reducing tiredness and stress. By increasing your heart rate your brain gets more oxygen, so go for a bike ride, a run or to the gym, or even just take the dog for a walk!
     
  7. Familiarising yourself with exam questions and exam techniques is really helpful. Make sure that you do plenty of past papers, check out revision guides, and understand the key terminology you will need to use in your exam.
     
  8. Making summary notes will help you learn and remember.
     
  9. Rewriting notes from memory helps to memorise the information and highlights where more work and revision is needed before your exam.
     
  10. Rewarding yourself is important. It’s not all about studying. Set yourself study goals, give yourself breaks between study times, and when you’ve met some of your goals spend time with friends and family.
     

If you have any questions or need guidance to help with your revision and plan for your exams, remember that your tutor and the Student Support Team are here to help you so do get in touch.

We could arrange for your tutor to mark a past paper for you, or for a tutorial to discuss a particular area you need to focus on with your tutor. To find out more about purchasing these services, and to discuss what’s on offer please get in touch on 0800 389 2839.

We have worked with UCAS to prepare a series of study skills guides which you may find helpful with your revision and your exams. You can find these on the UCAS website.

From everyone at NEC, good luck with your revision and with your exams!
 

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