There are lots of different revision tools available – choose the one that best suits your learning style and/or subject.
Make topic lists, and ensure you know exactly what topics you need to revise.
Find a comfortable place to work – quiet, well-lit, uncluttered.
Start early – don’t leave revision to the last minute.
Manage your time – revise in hour or half hour slots; stop for a drink and quick break in the middle.
Don’t just read through your class work – make notes or mind maps.
Ask friends or family to listen to you explain a topic to them.
Find time to relax and de-stress; eat well; sleep well!
Index cards Condense your revision notes down into manageable facts. For each topic, write bullet points of key facts on the index card. Put the facts into sub-categories, then sub-sub-categories so you understand how they all link together.
Mnemonics Mnemonics are sentences created to help us remember a sequence of words or data, so are useful for revising factual information.
The first letter of each word in the sentence is significant. The well-known examples are ones such as ‘Richard of York gave battle in vain’ for the colours of the rainbow.
R, O, Y, G, B, I, V – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Acronyms – eg. OILRIG Oxidation Is Loss Reduction Is Gain
Teach It! Within a group of friends, each choose a topic and ‘teach’ it to the rest of the group.
Mind Maps A mind map is a spider diagram that contains information in pictures and text. They can be used to plot information; use lots of colour and include diagrams and sketches.
How to Mind Map
1. Start in the middle of your fresh page with your paper on its side in landscape format
2. Begin by drawing a central image using different colour
3. Draw your main creative ideas and thoughts on different coloured flowing branches connected to the central image, representing headings and sub-headings of your topic
4. Add further detail to your coloured branches. This will begin to replicate a tree with branches and roots
5. Make your central branches, headings and sub-headings larger than other branches to show their importance in relation to the central image
6. Link ideas and related facts using brightly coloured arrows or your own personal code to show the important relationships
7. Connect the branches of the mind map with unbroken lines to show the continuous flow of associations
8. Choose key words to summarise important ideas and concepts
9. Print your key words clearly in UPPER CASE. They are visually more memorable
10. Understand that you don’t have to be a great artist to draw a good mind map