Everyone has their own way of revising, some strategies that work for other people may not work for you and strategies that work for you may not work for other people. Using the same strategy over and over again in your revision will lose its effectiveness and you will get bored easily (the lessons where teachers use the same style all the time lead to bored students) so make sure you use a variety of revision strategies. Listed below are some suggestions of different ways to revise.
- Read through your notes and write questions for yourself in the margin of each page or if you are revising with a friend, question each other.
- Take a sheet of paper and brainstorm all the things that you know about a topic and write this in one colour (this could be a spider diagram, bullet point list, continuous prose etc.). Once you have exhausted all of your ideas, in a second colour look through your notes and revision guides and write down all the bits that you have forgotten. This will highlight what you need to revise.
- Making flash cards which contain questions on one side and answers on the other. You can test yourself with these or give them to other people to test you.
- Watch YouTube videos and pause them at regular points to write revision questions to go along with the video. Test yourself or ask others to test you on these questions without watching the video and if you get stuck, watch the video again.
- Make a mind map to revise a topic. A couple of days later, redraw the mind map that you have already drawn using one colour (eg black) and when you can think of nothing more to add to look at the original mind map and add all the bits you have forgotten in a second colour (eg red). This way you will have a map of the bits that you can remember and highlighted the bits you still need to learn.
- Add questions to the margins of revision guides or on separate paper keeping them in the correct pages as well as completing and marking the questions in the revision guides and workbooks. Test yourself regularly on these questions.
- Complete past exam papers and mark these yourself, writing model answers using the mark scheme for every question you get wrong.
- Make a mind map and on the reverse write yourself some questions that test what is on the mind map.
- Make a set of revision questions that you can test your friends with when revising in a group – face to face or online.
- Asking a friend or relative to test you on a topic that you feel confident that you have revised. If it is a friend who is revising, they should know the answers to the questions, if it is a relative you may need to give them a book or your flash cards, notes or mind map with the answers on.
- Retest yourself with the questions that you have written on your flash cards, mind maps, book notes, YouTube videos and so on.
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