Revising for your GCSE, A Level or IB exams in May? While it might be tempting to put off your revision until the last moment, starting your revision early means you can spread it out and avoid that last-minute panic.
Here are here are some top tips from school leaders in the UK to help you stay on track with your revision, so that you enter that exam hall at your most confident.
Start revision in good time so you can approach each task in a calm and relaxed manner.
Have a clear and specific list of what you need to achieve in each subject; make sure this is broken down into small chunks so you are not overwhelmed.
We learn best by reviewing work in small regular chunks; little and often helps consolidate information and builds strong foundations.
Be active with your revision; make notes by hand, and create question and answer sheets.
Get others to help you, for example by asking parents or friends to quiz you using flashcards or question and answer sheets that you have made.
Victoria Hearn, Principal at Impington International College
Ms Hearn recommends that parents help their children effectively prepare for examinations by doing the following:
Create a dedicated space for revision, ideally outside of the bedroom, which is kept clean and organised
Focus efforts using a revision plan, which clearly outlines topics and activities, and provides visual reassurance when items are marked as complete
Keep revision active by completing past examination papers, instead of passively reading notes or revision guides, to help retain information
Remember that mental and physical preparation is as important as academic preparation; encourage extra-curricular activities, keeping fit and eating well during the revision period especially when your child(ren) get closer to their examinations