MY TOP TIPS FOR ALEVEL REVISION
There are only three months left until A Level exam start. I am sure a lot of you have started making your revision notes and are trying to figure out what the best ways to revise are. Some of you are probably using the same techniques from GCSE which worked for you but some of you are probably still trying to work it out.
I thought I’d share my top 5 tips for successful revision. Although, I must say, everyone has their own way of learning. What works for one person might not work for another is it’s good to test lots of different things out!
1. START EARLY!
The fact that I’m writing this blog three months before exams start really highlights this first tip and in my opinion is one of the most important ones. The last thing you want is to have to do an all nighter for three days in a row, just before your exam. (Trust me, its not fun!) I would say start your revision early, do a little but often rather than a lot in a short amount of time.
2. DOWNLOAD THE SPECIFICATION
The worst feeling you can ever have when you’ve finished revising is that you’ve revised the wrong thing. To avoid this feeling, I think its smart to have a copy of the specification for all your subjects (I always printed them out and put them at the front of my folder). You can use this to tick/highlight things once you’ve finished studying them. Not only does ticking things off give you a list of things you need to do or have already completed, the satisfaction of ticking things off is great!
3. DO PAST PAPERS
The best things about past papers is that they teach you techniques. You will quickly come to realise that questions are often repeated but will be slightly rephrased. This means that by doing similar questions you will be able to understand what the mark scheme is looking for and highlight it in your answer.
4. FIND A LEARNING PLACE WHICH SUITS YOU
People will always say working in a quiet place like the library is the best place to learn (FAKE NEWS). You’ll find that the best place to learn varies from person to person. I like learning in my room at my desk with music playing in the background whereas some of my friends like to learn in the library and some like to learn in study groups in the law hub. So, I think you should find a place where you think you can learn the best and stick to it. Its always best to spice things up a bit, so you might decide to go to library one day and revise with your friends another day. Again, it depends on what is best suited to you.
5. FIND AN UNORTHODOX METHOD OF LEARNING
You might find that you like to use different methods of learning. This might include the way in which you write your notes. You may decide to write a letter to someone which explains a concept or write a newspaper article explaining a concept. These different ways of explaining will help you remember things easily.
Everyone has their own way of learning. I think the best thing to do is to find what works for you best and stick with it. It might be that you have been using highlighters for all your exams but have realised that you prefer using sticky notes or flashcards. I think now is the best time to experiment and learn what works for you.