Top 10: Revision tips

Preparing for exams doesn’t have to be stressful. Making a plan and sticking to it is the best way to make sure you have time to revise everything, whilst following our top ten revision tips will leave you ready and happy on exam day.


Eat breakfast

Your brain needs food, just like the rest of you. Eating breakfast will mean you don't run out of energy part way through your exam. On exam day you could treat yourself to a big stack of pancakes, but there are also some great brain food alternatives.



Study at a fixed time

Having a set routine for studying teaches your brain that it is time to learn. It also makes planning much easier if you know how many study sessions you have left before exam day.



Spread out your revision

We are not talking about taking up as much space as you can! Make sure you begin your revision with enough time to get everything done, then split everything you have to learn into small manageable chunks.

 Spread out books 


Put your phone away

Try to keep your workspace as distraction free as possible. Putting your phone in a different room will help you avoid checking social media.

 Phones not allowed 


Practise past papers

You can usually find past papers for most exams online. Just taking a look at the types of questions they ask can be helpful, but nothing beats actually giving them a try. You'll also be able to find marking schemes online too, these will give you a good idea of what the examiners are looking for in your answers.


Ask teachers for help

Your teachers want you to do well too, so will usually be happy to give you revision advice, guide you as to which subjects to focus on or take a look at your answers to past papers – don’t be afraid to ask for help.


Teach someone

Explaining something to someone else is a great way to improve your understanding, and keep things locked in your memory. Whether is a friend who is also studying the same subject, or a willing parent, try taking the role of teacher and see how much you learn.

 Teach someone 

Take regular breaks

Your brain can only really manage to stay focused for about 20 minutes, so split your revision into smaller chunks and take regular breaks. Yes, this is an excuse to take ten minutes off to eat a muffin.


Get some fresh air and exercise

Research has shown that getting outside and taking some exercise, especially after revising, can help to lock what you have learned into your memory. It will also make you feel healthier and happier, which is important at exam time! Check out Andres article for some great ways to stay positive when you are studying

 Get some fresh air 


This isn't just an excuse to include a picture of a sleeping kitten, sleep is really important! Even if you think you have way too much to do, it is really important to get some sleep not just before exam day, but whilst you are revising. When you are well rested your attention span is longer, and you’ll have a far easier time remembering things.

Sleeping Cat