Everyone gets nervous as they prepare for exams but revision doesn't have to be a drag, so long as you do it in a way that works for you.

Switch between subjects to avoid becoming bored

Make a plan

Suss out how much work you have to cover and how much time you have before the exams then draw up a realistic timetable. Switch between subjects to avoid becoming bored of a single topic. The most effective way to revise is to concentrate on understanding rather than memorizing.

Know your stuff

It's much easier to remember stuff once you understand it so if you're struggling, look for fresh sources of info other than class notes. Revise with a friend and see if you can figure it out together (be careful you don't just distract each other!). Or ask your teacher for help - they might even be running some revision classes.

Staying focused

Find a quiet place at home where you won't be distracted by your family, TV or Twitter. Take short breaks every hour or so to give yourself a rest. Drink water and eat healthy snacks to keep your brain ticking over.

Set yourself up with a reward after every revision session. Nothing extravagant - just a little treat to help you get back to your books.

The night before

Avoid revision the night before. You'll just stress yourself out trying to cram it all in at the last minute. Complete your revision plan early, relax for the rest of the day, read over your notes and try to get an early night.

If you do find yourself getting really nervous, check out our Exam Stress factfile for tips on how to stay calm.

On the day

On the day of the exam, don't try testing yourself on specific questions - this will just make you panic about what you think you don't know, rather than focusing on what you do know. Don't think about passing or failing. If you've kept to your revision plan, and you're calm, the answers will come naturally. Good luck!

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This page was last updated on 30 July 2016.


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