How to Revise #BACK2SCHOOL | CharlotteBehappy

Everyone learns and everyone revises in different ways. Here are some ways to revise that have worked for me or others.

1. Read

This can be your own notes or something written by someone else. It's useful to make clear notes so that when you come to revise from them, you can read them (trust me, I've learnt the hard way). Some people find it easy to just read over the original text they learnt from. However, sometimes reading different texts about the same topic can help for things to sink in.

2. Watch Videos

Whether this is a youtube video based solely on a curriculum topic or a documentary with aspects of your course, the visual and hearing element of it may help you to remember and picture certain things as well as helping you remember the words said.

3. Listen to videos

Simply listening to a voice talking about a topic can help you to remember things said. Even listening to a teacher may be more helpful to understand and remember something than reading a text.

4. Read and Make notes

You can read a text and make notes or re-write certain bits you find interesting, possible highlighting key things. In a similar you'd learn an essay in a foreign language, this helps you to re-learn and understand things as well as remember them by writing them out.

5. Make notes from memory

Sometimes, you can just write out as much you can about a topic from memory on the spot and then go back to check to see if you've missed out anything important in a text book or in your notes.

6. Flashcards

These would contain definitions, facts, exam tips and diagrams as well as formulas, dates and methods. You can look at this quickly in spare time to help jogg your memory. These can be useful to test yourself and others as well.

7. Posters

You can make timelines for remembering chronology or colour code posters by topic. Suggested places are near your bed, on the back of your door, on your wardrobe and near your mirror. You'll see these and read them subconsciously every time you close your door for example and in an exam you may just see an image you saw everyday. The act of making these posters may help you to revise as well.

8. Exam questions

This one I can recommend to EVERYONE. One key tip is to revise all content and then do as many exam papers as possible. Revising can help you to an extent but applying knowledge is what you're really tested on, so doing as many exam questions as possible is key to learning the types of questions as well becoming familiar with mark schemes.

9. Worksheets

You know those sheets that your teachers offers but is optional so no one takes them? Take them! They're good as last minute revision when you've run out of exam questions. Answer every question you can find on a topic and don't stop until you can find that you can answer all the questions without fail. Finding a question hard to answer may help you to understand what topics you're unsure on. 

10. Online Quizzes

Bitesize's quizzes are simple but websites like Memrise are fantastic for making you go over things and remember them. Sporcle as well could be helpful. Ways for you to independently go over and test things repetitively. How would you know how well you've revised if you can't test yourself?

11. Quizzing friends

Thinking of questions you know the answers to can help as you're mentally training yourself to answer questions and think of questions that may come up on a specific topic. Also, answering questions is always helpful.

12. Repeating things aloud

Sometimes saying formulas aloud or explaining something verbally can help you remember them. Okay, maybe you might sound crazy talking to yourself but it can honestly help! 'The area of a circle is pi... times radius squared...'.

13. Walking around while reading/talking

Sometimes walking up and down your hallway or room while reading notes or saying the dates from memory can help you remember them rather than sitting in one place the whole time. You could even go for a run whilst listening to something on a topic you know (bit extreme I know).

14. Making random alerts/notifications

When you set your alarm, set it to alert you with a random fact you need to know and have different things alerted throughout the day and month to randomly surprise you and get you thinking about things surrounding the topic. This may help seeing as an exam paper may pop up a question by surprise.

15. Writing a song/rhyme

Maybe not for those 'less musically talented' but creating a poem or song about the structure of a leaf may make it easier and more fun to remember. Songs about bones of the body have been proved to be popular and useful. You can also find lots of songs online about certain things, this may be better for those who can't write a song. Or share you songs with your friends to help them remember things as well.

16. Making a powerpoint

Sometimes making a powerpoint from memory or using information from a book can seem like not much revision but the act of typing things out is helping you to remember them. You can also watch the power points over and over to help you remember them.

17. Drawing

This is really key in subjects where you need diagrams. Nothing will help you better then to draw and label that red blood cell yourself. Some of us aren't so artistic but that's okay, it doesn't have to be detailed and look like a photograph but as long you have labelled key distinguishable features, it'll do. This is useful in a subject like Geography where you have to be able to draw and label the formation of a waterfall. 

18. Thinking of analogies

For things that a harder to remember, using an analogy will help you to relate it to relate it to real life and therefore remember it altogether. This you may do subconsciously or a teacher may give you one but it'll make it a lot easier to remember things that are tricky to understand. 

19. Libraries

Listening to music and sitting in a quiet library with just water is great for some. It can help you to do it without distraction. I thought I didn't get distracted at home, but a session at a library without your phone can really help you.

20. Reward

Rewarding yourself with food or with a couple of minutes on your phone can help you to stay motivated to do more work. It's a good idea, but try not to rush just in order to get that reward.