Hey everyone, thank you for reading. This post is going to be a little different, however somewhat helpful to at least one person! It's revision and exam time for GCSE's, A-Levels, Uni exams, music exams and other College exams and trust me, I've done my fair share. I sat more than 20 GCSE exams (more than one module in each subject!), about 8 A-Level exams and I've done around 25 music/ music theory exams so by now I feel I can give some good tips!
1. You don't have to listen to music.
Maybe you have the radio one on and they're talking about how all our listeners are revising, all in the same boat, tweet us to play a song to help your revision. Personally I find the radio distracting as it's not constant music and talking about things like twitter will then get me thinking about twitter! Some people find classical music good to listen to and if that's the case, of course you can listen to it but again, for me it just doesn't work. Silence is the best way for me as all my attention is on the work.
Don't loose track of which topics you've covered. Keep everything dated and in order and if possible put the topic/ module at the top of the page. Hole punch pages into files and if you don't have enough files, use dividers. Colour coding also helps, so make sure you have your coloured fine liners and highlighters ready. This organisation will help when revising.
3. You don't have to take a break.
People may recommend taking a 10 minute break after revising for 30 minutes. I found that was also distracting as I was constantly looking at the timer on my phone. Go for as long as you want until you really want to check twitter and have a snack.
4. Get up early and start.
Not only does this allow you to finish revising earlier, but I find time goes quicker in the morning. Plus you can look forward to finishing at 6 instead of 10.
5. Write it out again and again.
I don't read over things, I write, sometimes I record myself reading outloud (go for it, no one else has to hear your voice back and feel awkward!), but mostly I write and write. It sticks in my brain and I can memorise it.
I'm sure I have many more but I didn't want this post to be a 'typical' list of revision tips you can find anywhere. These are my personal tips. Hope this helps someone, even in the slightest.
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