It’s been a while, and I’m truly sorry about that! Study/exam season is a busy time for anyone experiencing it, so I hope you all understand! I’ve been working really hard in the past few weeks, especially with Spanish, to improve my grade before my exam on Tuesday. I definitely feel like it’s paying off, I’ve gone up two grades within the past month (U to D… still not the best but a huge improvement for me!) and this has definitely motivated me to become even better.
I’ve always struggled with studying and revising, I found it really hard to find what works for me and what doesn’t, and it would always de-motivate me to study if I spent a long time doing something that hadn’t really worked. However, I finally fell like I’m getting somewhere with my studies, so in light of this, here are my top 3 tips I go by which I find the most helpful during revision/study time.
Before you start anything, set some goals for your revision.
I never used to do this in GCSE. I always thought the best way was “as much as possible in as little time”, however, cramming definitely did not work for me at all. I usually pick a few goals I want to achieve in that session in particular, and I write these all fancy in my lovely notebook.
I feel like setting goals is a good way of making sure you get the most out of your studying time. personally if I don’t have some sort of goal to work towards I won’t feel motivated to study and also I would probably waste time trying to decide what to study and how to do it. So choosing a Subject then 3-5 very specific goals (not general ones like “revise topic 1”) is the perfect way for me keep productive.
Past papers are a god send!
Especially in these past couple of weeks, past papers have been my best friend. They are the best way to practise your exam skills and helps you to figure out if you truly know the content and if you can apply it to exam questions. If you are someone like me who seems to stress and become anxious in an exam environment, doing past papers also helps you become used to the structure of the paper you are doing and you become so familiar with exam papers it’s not as daunting when it comes to the real thing (still a little bit daunting, mind!) If ou are only doing a quick revision session, you can just do one exam style question, or if you know you struggle with a specific style of question in the paper (those pesky question 9’s in the Spanish A – Level paper!) you can practise just those questions. Past papers are really easy to find, if you type into Google “(exam board) (level of study) (subject) past papers” it should normally come up, so for example for spanish I would write “AQA AS level Spanish past papers”. If in doubt ask your teachers and I’m sure they will be able to help you find them.
I seriously cannot stress enough how important it is to prioritize within your revision! I mean, it’ not going to be very helpful if you are studying frantically for an exam that’s 3 weeks away when you have done the bare minimum of revision for an exam two days away. Of course, its important to revise all the subjects you need, however, it’s the fact of making sure you have a fair and prioritized balance between them all. The way I go about this is first check exam dates and deadlines and put them in upcoming order then revise and prioritize work accordingly. For example, I have my spanish exam on Tuesday, and my mocks for sociology and English are in a couple of weeks time. I also have a coursework deadline next week. So, of course, Spanish is top priority, and I spend most of my time on revision for that subject, however I make sure I spare time to work on my coursework also, and spend about an hour each on revising for both english and Sociology a week untill my spanish exam is over (If that made no sense to you, here is a photo of my plan).
Hopefully these tips may have helped you to revise, or maybe you’ve now realised that maybe one of these definitely isn’t for you! Either way, everyone is different and not everyone works the same way. One thing I will say is your grades do not define who you are as a person and there is more to life than education. So please all try to stay calm and count down the days till summer! I know I definitely am!
I want to know your revision tips or tricks, or how you stay calm during exam season so please feel free to comment them below!