Start revising early
This means months, not days before the exam. Make a timetable to plan your revision and stick to it.
Don’t spend ages making your notes look pretty
This is just wasting time. For diagrams, include all the details you need to learn, but don’t try to produce a work of art. Limit yourself to 2 or 3 colours so you don’t get carried away colouring things in.
Take short breaks
Every hour, not every 10 minutes.
Use revision guides
Your teacher will recommend the best guide out there.
Stick revision notes all around your house
So in the exam you think, “Aha, quadratic equations, they were on the fridge…”
Get yourself drinks and snacks
So you don’t make excuses to stop every 10 minutes.
Sit at a proper desk
Don’t try to revise in bed.
Don’t put it off
Sit down at your desk and GET ON WITH IT.
Don’t just read your notes
You have to write things down and practise, practise, practise.
Don’t turn yourself into a revision zombie
If you do nothing else but revision you’ll turn into a zombie. It’s really important that you keep time to do things you enjoy. When you’re doing these try to relax and totally forget about revision.
Do lots of practice exam papers
This is especially important as you get close to the exams.
Read the exam timetable properly
Double-check so you don’t miss an exam and have plenty of time to prepare for it.
Find the right environment to revise
NOT in front of the TV. NOT listening to the radio. Music can sometimes be OK, but you need to find the right kind. It’s got to be something that’s just there in the background that you’re not thinking about at all.