6 revision techniques to re-energise your exam preparation

As revision goes on week-after-week, your revision techniques begin to feel a bit stale. You're getting sick of looking at the same pile of revision notes and doing yet more practice exam questions.

But, you can't stop now because your exams haven't even started yet.

What can you do?

Try some new and interesting revision techniques, that's what. After all, they say a change is as good as a rest.

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Revision technique #1 – The Study Star

This is a great way to condense lots of notes on a complex subject into one place.  It's really easy to carry around with you so you can look at it on the school bus, while you're waiting for lessons to start or even at the dinner table!

Study star



Revision technique #2 – Read, Cover, Remember, Tell

A good way to remember things in bite-sized chunks.

Read, cover, remember, tell revision technique

Revision technique #3 – What is the question to this answer?

I've written before about how important it is to learn to think like your examiner. This is a fun way to do it. Try writing down the defintion of a keyword or a paragraph explaining how something works e.g. in science or geography and thinking of all the possible ways you could be asked to give this answer.

What's the question to this answer revision technique

Revision technique #4 – Create a rhyme

A rhyme is much easier to remember than normal text. So, if there's something you can't remember make up a rhyme! For example:

In fourteen hundred and ninety two

Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

Revision technique #5 – Use post-it notes to cover up the answers

Testing yourself is one of the best ways to make information you're learning stay in your head. So, use post-it notes in your revision notes to cover up the answers like this:

post it note revision technique


Revision technique #6 – Foldable revision prompt

This is a great way to remember and test yourself on things like chemical symbols, definitions of keywords or vocabulary in foreign languages. It's also very portable!

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More revision techniques….

If you're still looking for more revision techniques, my book, The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take, has 40 for you to choose from. You can get your copy here.

Over to you

Which of these revision techniques looks most appealing to you? Which will you try first? Leave a comment below to let me know which you're going to try, and come back to tell us how you got on!

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