15 May 2016

Revision and Exam Advice


Today is my last official weekend of freedom before exam season starts so I thought that I would share my top tips for revision/exams that I find useful and that help me. I actually took one of my GCSEs last year so I'm well prepped for exactly what sitting public exams feels like so hopefully this will help!

1. Vary your revision
As an avid note maker, I used to hate people telling me to 'mix up' my revision because I just couldn't see the benefits. However, I've finally finished all of my notes and I've been able to start using past papers to practice and it's been really useful! My advice would be to start writing notes as early as you possibly can, which gives you the maximum amount of time to read through them and do past papers.
2. Be organised
I cannot stress how important organisation is when it comes to tests and revision - it's helped me so much over the last couple of months and has helped me feel calm and in control of my revision. The main ways that I've stayed organised is by making a colourful exam timetable, so that I know exactly when all of my exams are and also by making a list of all the notes that I still needed to make. If you struggle to decide what to revise each night, make a revision timetable so you know exactly what you should be revising.

3. Try group revision sessions
Revision can be boring, I know! To make it more interesting and enjoyable, try organising a group revision session with you friends, lots of food and maybe some music. You may not get as much  revision done as you usually would, but at least you've made the effort and still seen your friends!

4. Focus
Right before the exam, you might be feeling nervous, anxious, and maybe even a little bit sick! However, you can't let this ruin how hard you've worked and the time that you've spent preparing for them. The best piece of advice that I can give is: don't listen to anything that anyone says right before you go into the exam room! The worst thing you can possibly do is join in with someone's last minute panic revision ramble - I guarantee that you'll start to feel panicked and worry that you can't remember what they're talking about and that's exactly what you don't want before you go into an exam! Just take a moment to chill yourself out and get into the right frame of mind so you can walk in and absolutely smash that exam!
5. Stay positive
Finally, make sure you stay positive throughout the revision period and the exams! The minute you let the stress and pressure get the better of you, you'll lose focus and won't revise as well as you could! If you're lacking in motivation, just think of all the amazing, fun, enjoyable things you can do once exams are over - the main things that I think about are going on holiday, prom and sunbathing!

 I hope that these tips have helped you or given you some inspiration for exams and revision in general - if you're also sitting your exams this month, good luck! Also, if anyone has any other tips that help them, feel free to leave them in the comments below or tweet them to me (@charlyblogs). Finally, I'll try and post as much as can during exam season but I can't make any promises because sadly, exams and revision take priority! As soon as my exams are over, I'll be back to posting regularly :)

See you soon,
Charlotte x

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