Make a Revision Plan:
Make a detailed revision timetable on a large piece of paper (A3 at least) and post it up somewhere that everyone can see it. That way, everyone knows what you are meant to be studying and when. Strangely enough, letting other people know your plans actually lightens the load, because then it’s not just down to you to motivate yourself.
Start revising early:
Start at 9am, and you can get the bulk of your revision done early, so you don’t spend the rest of the day feeling crushed under the weight of unread A4 folders.
Ask yourself questions:
Facts are sluggish, passive creatures and lie piled up inside your head, without giving off any signs of life. You can, however, awaken them through the power of questions. So when you’re making notes, don’t just write down “The Battle of Naseby was fought in 1645”; instead, put “When was the Battle of Naseby?” in one column, and write “1645” in an opposite column. Cover up the answer and each time you get it right, you’ll feel a small, pixie-like pat on the back.
You should unplug your computer or laptop, as it’s simply too tempting to go off roaming the wide, open spaces of the web, instead of ploughing through the causes of the agricultural revolution. It is also imperative to turn off your mobile phone (one distraction too many).
Not optimistic about the forthcoming exams?
Don’t worry, here’s a list of famous people who didn’t do at all well at school:
- Winston Churchill, British prime minister
- Abraham Lincoln, US president
- George Bernard Shaw, author and playwright
- Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb
- Leo Tolstoy, writer of War and Peace
- Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse
- Richard Branson, British tycoon
- Michael Faraday, pioneer of electromagnetism
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