Alternate your study spots
If you're finding it hard to concentrate, switch your desk for somewhere different, like the garden or living room. The change in location will help you to refocus.
Use a traffic light system
Go through your notes, or the syllabus, and prioritise topics you need to work on. Underline what you definitely know in green, what you are comfortable with in orange and what definitely needs more work in red.
Stand or walk while you revise
The movement promotes blood flow, which can help to keep you engaged. Even a 15 minute brisk walk can make a big difference.
Listen to classical music
Tune into classical or instrumental music while you study – it will help keep you focused without any distracting lyrics.
Record important notes on your phone
Great for auditory learners - revise on the go and listen to your notes whilst you're queuing, or on a bus journey.
Use flash cards for bite-sized revision notes
Stick to one colour per subject – it will help you visualise and remember the notes in the exam room.
Key code important notes
If you’re writing some last-minute flash cards, illustrate them with these techniques to help you remember important information.
- Underline important dates
- Circle place names
- Draw a box around quotes or formulas
- Highlight key words and concepts with a highlighter
Spray particular scents
Sometimes a scent can help jog particular memories. If there’s a topic that just won’t stick, spray a strong perfume while you’re revising. Use the perfume on exam day and it should help you to remember your notes.
Switch your studying routine
When you read notes over and over again, you get used to the routine. Try reading notes in a different order, or if the subject needs a chronological order like history, try to read through a section of notes independently to others to help your brain retain the information on it’s own.
Stick notes around the house
If there are things you struggle to remember, try writing them on sticky notes and dot them around the house - they should be easier to recall.
Print in Times New Roman
If you prefer typing your notes, or have a set of hand-outs, print them in the Times New Roman font as scientific studies have shown it’s the easiest font to read.
Make a cheat sheet
The night before your exam, make a cheat sheet. Ensure notes are bite-sized so you’re not repeating notes you’ve made previously. They should be important things such as, formulas or key concepts. Refresh your memory with the notes before the exam – just make sure you don’t take it into the exam with you!
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