Top 5 tips for revision success

Revision Success – Top 5 Tips

With crucial exams nearing the corner for many young people, the pressure is piling on. Time is essential, and organisation is crucial. These last few months may make or break your final result (no pressure). However, with the right revision techniques, anybody can achieve the grades they want. Here are 5 tips to get you through your revision period, with maximum success:

1 Light

It might seem obvious, but it’s true. Light stimulates the body to work better, resulting in better brain function. Try and avoid sitting with just a small lamp as your only light source. Instead, keep the atmosphere of your study area ‘bright’. Natural light works best, so open up your curtains and let the light in. If it’s not available, then don’t worry, a bulb will do fine, as long as it’s bright.

2 Hygeine

Being hygeinic is very important at revision times. Although it doesn’t seem like much, a quick shower in the morning will leave your body feeling fresh, allowing you to work for longer periods of time with more focus. It doesn’t stop there. Keeping your study environment tidy, such as clearing any litter will make for a better revision period.

3 Organised Routine

Before you set out to revise, plan how long you will be doing it for, and what you will be doing. The best way to do this is via a timetable, which is relatively simple to make. Remember to include short breaks in between (mentioned later), to help keep your mind focused. With a correctly organised schedule of your revision period, you’ll most likely stick to it, helping you to make the most of your time.
To make a timetable online, simply search for ‘revision timetable’ or head to for more.

4 Breaks

This is as important as the others, although it doesn’t directly relate to studying. Breaks are a crucial part when revising, as they help maintain the brain’s function. Keeping short, regular breaks every 30 minutes is ideal. However, make sure that you are doing something active in your break, such as playing sports. Video games and T.V. might be entertaining, but it will divert your brain from the crucial facts that you have just revised.

5 Revision Technique

Revision is pointless if you don’t learn anything from it. Tailor your revision technique to suit you, not others. Everybody has their own particular way of working and memorising things, whether it be colour, sound, images, writing notes, or anything else. Try and experiment with each of these, and find your perfect combination. With the right revision technique you’re more likely to remember more, leading to better exam success.

Thumbnail image supplied by Djenan Kozic | CC BY-ND 2.0

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