With GCSE’s around the corner, we asked our Director, Jemma Zoe Smith, what she considers to be the most important revision skills. Here is what she had to say.
The first step to making revision work for you is to stay organised. Organising your time and materials will make it easier to keep track of what you need to do and when, so that you can avoid wasting time on unproductive tasks.
Use a planner or other method of staying organised that works best for you—if the idea of writing things down makes you anxious, try using a digital calendar or an app like Google Calendar instead.
It’s also important to get feedback from others on what you’ve learned so far—whether it’s from a teacher or a classmate who has been studying the same material with you—so that you can make sure that what you’re learning is actually sticking in your mind!
Finally, be sure to test yourself periodically throughout the learning process by reviewing what you’ve already covered and doing practice problems before moving on to new material. This will help reinforce what you’ve already learned and ensure that it stays fresh in your memory!
A few other tips to help you to revise
Create a schedule: Break your revision time into manageable chunks and make a schedule to stick to.
Take breaks: It’s important to take regular breaks to avoid burnout and to give your brain a chance to process the information you’ve learned.
Use different techniques: Try using different techniques to revise, such as flashcards, mnemonics, or summarising information.
Stay positive: Stay positive and don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that learning is a process and it takes time.