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Revision Tips

With the nights getting longer and temperature dropping it's tempting to get your fluffy PJ's out and hibernate under the duvet with your fav snack and a nice brew. Lovely as that sounds we need to bring you back to earth with a bump…a revision shaped bump!

A-level exams might seem like an absolute age away and your teachers banging on about revision has probably got a bit yawn-some, but they're not doing it to see if they can get a world record in student eye-rolling. They've actually got a point, the earlier you start prepping for your exams the easier they'll seem.

Just because your actual exams are months away it doesn't mean you can't start practicing your revision techniques when you prep for your mocks. Here are some handy tips to help you out.

 

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 1.  Get organised - it goes without saying really but a well organised revision plan will help you focus. We're all for mind-mapping, flow charts, sticky notes and lots of colours but don't get side-tracked with glitter and all things pretty, work-of-art revision plans won't get you the grades for uni!
 

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 2.  Get past papers - they won't give you the answers to your exam questions but they'll give you a really good idea of what you're going to need to know and how the questions are structured. Get your teachers to mark any past papers you do, then you can see which areas you know off by heart and which ones you need to do more revision on.

 

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 3.  Get your blood pumping - 12 hours of straight revision is enough to send anyone loopy. Make sure you build in regular breaks to stretch your legs and let it all sink in. Time away from your notes is just as important as time in front of them. That said, it's not a case of five minutes on, five minutes off. As a general rule you want to aim for a short break every 20-30 minutes. 
 

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 4.  Get talking - share what you've learnt with friends and family. The ins and outs of (insert your least fav subject here) might not be their favourite topic of conversation but it'll give you a good chance to explain the subject out loud and answer any questions they have. After all, if you can explain to so someone else understands it chances are you can write about it until the cows come home.

 

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 5.  Get unplugged - the internet is great for research but it's also home to your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram accounts, as well as all manner of other distractions. Don't let the buzz of your phone or a web pop-up invite your procrastination gremlins come out to play. Simplest solution, switch off your devices.