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Whether you’re studying for GCSE’s, A-Levels or taking an entrance exam for school or college, revision is a necessary and valuable skill that doesn’t come naturally to all students.
Our guide to student revision tips can help you make the most of your study time and provides you with a range of options, from private tutoring to A-Level study centres, that you may not yet have considered.
Break work into manageable chunks
Studying little and often is the key to effective revision, particularly if you have several different subject areas to cover. While the optimal period to focus on one topic varies from student to student, everyone should take short, regular breaks to relax and refresh in order to avoid loss of concentration and burnout.
Chipping away at your overall workload by breaking up revision into bitesize chunks, whether for fifteen minutes over breakfast or an hour tucked away in the local library, will also stop you feeling overwhelmed by the volume of study required overall.
Study with friends
Revising for exams can feel lonely and isolating, so while friends may prove to be distracting, it’s great to get together occasionally to study (if you can keep your focus on the work.)
Getting together to practice conversation skills for foreign language subjects is a great way to be sociable while studying, as is teaming up to test each other with exam questions or discuss a pre-determined topic (rather than having a general chat!)
Switch up the revision time you spend alone, in large groups and with a learning partner as variety will keep you focused on the task at hand.
Make a timetable
It may sound dull, but if you struggle to stay focussed, devising your own revision timetable will keep you on track and accountable for your study. Plan short sessions on different topics with regular breaks and treats built into your day. Make sure you don’t work late into the night as you’ll be too tired to take on new information and don’t forget to factor in regular drinks, snacks and mealtimes, as looking after yourself is important.
Reward yourself regularly
While revising, set yourself small, achievable goals and reward yourself when these have been completed – whether it’s with some time spent doing an activity you enjoy, a hot bath, something tasty to eat or a chat with a friend. Having something to look forward to when you’re focusing on a subject you find difficult can be really motivating.
Change your scenery
Locking yourself away in your bedroom to revise can feel isolating and you’ll soon get bored of staring at the same four walls. Varying the place (and time) where you study will help you stay focused and engaged, so try visiting a quiet local café, library, study room at school or college or asking family and friends if they can offer a quiet space for you to revise.
If weather permits, studying outside can also be great fun – and taking regular breaks to get some fresh air and clear your head is a must during exam season.
Create a designated revision space
If possible, set aside a quiet, private area of your home in which to revise and try to use this space every time you study, rather than taking out your books in communal areas, filled with distractions.
Keep your revision space clean, tidy and organised or you’ll find it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand. Before you embark on any study, clear away dirty cups and glasses, empty your bin and gather the relevant textbooks, notebooks and any stationery you’ll need (highlighter pens at the ready!)
It’s also important to revise in a well-ventilated room that’s neither too hot nor cold, as stuffy spaces don’t encourage great concentration.
Ask your family for support
Studying doesn’t have to be a lonely activity. In fact, it can be something the whole family gets involved with – whether you ask your dad to talk you through a topic you know he’s familiar with or your sister to ask you revision questions.
Your parents or guardians can help you find a quiet place to study at home, put together a revision timetable and remind you to take regular breaks along with preparing you nutritious snacks and meals to help keep you fully fuelled while you revise.
Visit a revision centre
Private tuition centres, like Accelerate Learning, Liverpool, are purpose made learning environments, located across the country and dedicated to providing a good atmosphere for students who may be struggling to focus on revising at home. Centres support students with a range of subjects on both a one-to-one basis and in a group setting and specialist courses range from a couple of hours through to a week of intensive tutoring.
Try a private tutor
If you’re struggling to manage your study workload, or finding a subject particularly challenging, ask your parents if you can book a couple of sessions with a private tutor. Often, this is all it takes to have that eureka moment and click with a challenging subject – you may not need to work with a tutor on a long-term basis.
A tutor can also provide support with revision techniques and help you draw up a timetable that devotes adequate time to the subjects you need to cover. Studying isn’t a skill that comes naturally to every student, so getting some additional, outside support can be invaluable in providing the tools you need to revise successfully.
Follow the revision tips and you should be on track to achieve the results you want and need to progress to further study or secure a great job in your chosen field.
If you live in the North West of the UK, Accelerate Learning Centre is a purpose-built study and tuition centre in Liverpool that offers a range of ways to supplement your child’s education with private and group tuition at all levels. Get in touch today to discuss tutoring and study options for your child.