BBC Scotland Learning has a range of online content to help you through.
The BBC Scotland Learning homepage is your gateway to all our learning content and features links to revision pages, advice on how to revise and information on coping with exam stress.
Bitesize features revision pages and online tests on a range of subjects for Standard Grade and Higher. Check your science and maths knowledge with the Mia Cadaver multiplayer game or use the revision planner to organise your studies.
Learning Zone Scotland is an archive of over 2000 video clips covering a range of subjects and levels. It includes a number of clips specifically chosen to assist with Standard Grade revision.
Plan your study and write it out on a revision planner – this helps you cover all the areas you need to, for each subject and for each exam date. Breaks revision into bitesize chunks that are less daunting that a whole subject and don’t try to study all day long. Include breaks for eating, sleeping and having some fun in your plan. Go out, get some exercise. Time away from the books will let what you’ve just learned sink in. Parents can provide back up – check how the study plan is going, ensuring meal breaks with healthy food, take you kids out for a break.
Revision should be active – don’t just read books or your old class notes. Write down notes and key points as you go. Record them onto MP3, sing them – whatever works best for you – the key is repeating what you’ve learned to help it sink in. Go online and try revision tests and games. A bit of variety will stop you getting stale.
Revision Tips (continued)
Practise, practise, practise
Exams are scary because they are a big unknown threat. Get a feel for what they are like and they won’t seem as bad. Try doing some online tests to get used to being asked questions you might not have thought of. Use past papers under exam conditions. This will give you an idea of the amount you need to do and the pace you have to do it at. Get your parents to time you so you stick to the length of the exam.
Get some help
You’re not alone. If you get stuck ask someone: Friends might know the answer; your teachers want you to do well, so if you don’t understand something ask them. Go online and use some revision resources or exam forums. People want you to do well, so let them know if they can support you.
There is light at the end.
Realistically, exams and revision aren’t the most fun part of your life. Everyone struggles with something and everyone gets some stress. When you feel really down, remember that it will all be over in a few weeks. Plan a treat for when it is all finished – a great night out, a shopping trip – something you can really look forward to. If you’ve got something positive to aim for, the long hard slog won’t feel quite as bad.
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