Whether it’s GCSEs or A Levels, the build up to exams can be stressful. This is why it’s important to make sure you’re revising enough so you know your stuff on the day.

We’ve put together our top tips for how to tackle revision:

  1. Don’t leave it until last minute. This might be an obvious one, but the earlier you can start your revision, the better. Cramming might work for some people, but why risk it? Also, if you start revising earlier, you won’t have to stay up all night before your exam which means you can rest easy and turn up feeling refreshed and calm.
  2. Plan your time. One of the easiest ways to stay on track when you’re revising is to create a revision timetable. This way, you know you’re covering everything and can see what you need to do every day. There are loads of useful online tools to help you make your timetable, such as this one.
  3. Make prompt cards and posters. By making prompt cards and posters, you can highlight important facts and topics and learn about them faster. It also helps to write individual topics on each prompt card at the beginning of your revision, then challenge yourself to explain what you can about that topic. This will give you a good idea of where you are and how much more you need to know.
  4. Test yourself. Try making quizzes for yourself to test your knowledge. Also, reading through the mark scheme and completing past papers, keeping to the time allowance, will help you learn and you’ll better understand the timings. This will allow you to use your time better in the exam so you answer every question and don’t have to rush.
  5. Take breaks. It’s vital that you take regular, short breaks throughout your revision. Taking frequent breaks of around 10 minutes will help you to avoid an information overload, and it’ll make it far more likely that what you’re revising actually stays. Also, it’ll give you something to look forward to, making revision much less tedious.

Revision can seem like a drag, but it’s all necessary to get you good qualifications and, eventually, your dream job.

Good luck in your exams!