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FIVE REVISION TIPS

7th May 2019

It’s nearly here…exam season is just around the corner!
Are you fully prepared?

Here at WolvColl we want you to get that career you’ve always wanted so we’ve got five revision tips to help you #DoMore with your revision.

1. Notes

Notes are so important. These short, sharp and snappy bitesize bits of information work wonders when prepping for your exams. Make sure you write your notes in your own words as these notes are personal to you so you need to make sure that YOU understand them. Remember, you don’t need to know everything word for word, but where you have been told about ‘Key Words’ make sure that you are familiar and include these in your notes. So next time you’re in class, grab your notebook or post-it notes and get jotting down!

2. Past practice papers

What better way to prepare yourself for the exam than doing a few past practice papers! You can download these for GCSE Maths and GCSE English. For A Level, please download them from AQA or Edexcel, or ask your teachers for some extra copies. When attempting these past papers, try to replicate the real exam conditions (you’ll feel more comfortable when attempting the real thing). So no phones, no talking and try setting yourself the same time limit as for the exam. Also, try to answer each and every question. This might sound obvious but you’d be surprised at how many people tend to spend too long on a question which, in turn, takes up so much of their energy and focus that they end up leaving many questions out.

3. Study with friends

Of course, when doing the actual exam you’ll be by yourself but when you’re revising, it can help to study with friends. There are loads of benefits to this, such as: it’ll help your collaboration and communication skills, improve your speaking and listening, team working and more. By studying with your friends, you’ll be able to bounce ideas off each other and learn new things that will help you revise. You can then quiz each other on certain topics, share notes (remember tip number one), explain and understand topics that may be easier for you to remember.

4. Plan ahead

Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail. Preparation is so important during the build up to your exams. As you may have noticed on our social media channels (go on, give us a follow, we’re active on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn,) we’re doing a weekly countdown to the GCSE Maths and English and A Level exams, so I guess you could say we’re also giving you a little hint that it’s time to start preparing yourselves too. So now you’ve got an idea of how long left till the exams, it’s time to start preparing yourself. Here’s what you can do to help:

• Give yourself enough time each day to study. Study at your own pace and ensure when you are revising you are not being distracted by other influences i.e social media (unless you’re checking our pages of course…joke), games consoles, random Youtube videos (top 10 unexplored places on earth, we’ve all been there, it can wait!)
• Plan which topics you’re going to cover and focus on these only for this revision session. This will ensure you’re completely focused on this particular subject and can then fully understand it.
• Use spider diagrams and flow charts. These are great tools that can help you take in the information both mentally and visually. You’ll be making notes of the important pieces of information in each box and then branch off from there to further delve into the topic. A short but sharp method to prepare for your exams.

5. Brain foods

Healthy body. Healthy mind. The food you eat can have an impact on your performance. So fruits and vegetables are your best friends, here’s three of the best we’ve found:

• Apples – this fruit is great for keeping your brain in top condition. This super food helps you focus and gives you a boost of energy too!
• Berries – in particular blueberries. These are jam packed with antioxidants and goodness and they’re so easy to consume too! Grab a handful or 2 (if you’re feeling adventurous) in your porridge, smoothies or just eat them on their own. These have an impact on your memory and also on your ability to learn too.
• Broccoli – this veg is worth eating due to its high iron, vitamin K, vitamin C and other nutritious goodness. You see, iron is important and especially important around exam time as a lack of it can lead to tiredness and lack of concentration, which is the last thing you want when you’re sitting your exams.

So there you have it, five revision tips that’ll help you this year when you’re preparing for those exams. Keep an eye out for more blog posts and best of luck for your exams.

5 Revision Tips - City of Wolverhampton College
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