Exams and Revision

Some tips for exam preparation and independent study

  • Aim to do some work at home at least 4 evenings a week for approx. 1.5 hours, increasing in holidays, but making sure the sessions are focused and 45 minutes in length followed by a short break.
  • Ensure you have a summary of the whole syllabus for each of your subjects and you can check off what you’ve covered to date and can then identify key areas to revise.
  • Produce mind maps of the key topics covered or perhaps PowerPoints to consolidate your knowledge – choose what works best for you!
  • Condense key topics onto cue cards to revise from and ask someone at home to run through it with you.
  • Download past papers and start to work on the parts of the syllabus already covered.
  • Look for mark schemes and examiners reports on your exams; this will help you to start to understand what the examiners are looking for and what common mistakes students make.
  • Work at home in a dedicated space – often a communal space works better rather than ‘hiding’ in a bedroom.
  • Spend time away from your phone, games console and other electronic equipment – leave them in a different room when you are revising.
  • Eat a healthy diet, get some fresh air, exercise and plenty of sleep!