Revision: how to get started

Film with GCSE and Nationals revision tips and advice, from exam survivors The Mind Set

When it comes to revision it can be hard to get started. Here are our top tips.

  • Make sure you know which topics you need to revise for each subject. Use your exam board specifications as a revision list
  • Make your revision active. Don't just read notes. You could make flash cards, mind maps or use post it notes
  • Watching videos online can really help to bring your notes to life!
  • Test yourself by completing past papers or asking a friend to test you. This will identify areas of strength and weakness.
  • Build in rewards for your revision e.g. a favourite snack or using social media
  • Set short-term realistic goals. Not too ambitious or too far in the future.
  • Break down your goals into manageable targets, for example fractions and decimals in maths.
  • Set yourself a time limit for revising each target area.
  • When you have hit your target, set a new one straight away.
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