There are very few of us that relish the idea of revision. But revision is important as it helps you to learn and improve on your skills.

Sometimes it’s really difficult to get started and you might think that your exams are miles away, but it’s really important that you plan your revision time well in advance.

Leaving it to the last minute will only make it more stressful!

Did we mention the importance of planning?

Try to plan your revision carefully and draw up a plan for all your subjects and make sure that you stick to it.

Think about what’s the best way of revising for you:

  • Are you better revising by yourself or with a friend?
  • Do you prefer doing lots of short revision sessions or longer sessions?
  • Never leave your revision to the last minute!
  • Try testing yourself and your friends by looking at old exam papers

Location, location, location

Try to find a quiet place to work with no distractions such as the television.

Sometimes playing some of your favourite music can help you whilst you revise.

Using notes and reminders

It’s good to write yourself reminders, make notes and highlight important facts when you are revising. Try putting fact notes and dates, etc, somewhere you can see them. Good places are:

  • On the fridge
  • In your bedroom…
  • … or even in the bathroom!

The more you look at them, the more you should be able to remember the information.

Other tips

Experiment with some of these tips to see which ones help you:

  • Summarise different subjects on to cards or an A4 sheet of paper which you can use as a revision guide
  • Record information and play it back – good times to listen to it is when you are in bed just before you go to sleep or while you are travelling

All work and no play…

Make sure that you take regular breaks. If you spend too long revising without a proper break you will stop taking the information in.

Make sure that you eat and sleep well and don’t spend all your time revising.

Exercising is a great way to clear your mind and will help you to feel refreshed.

The big day

When you go into an exam, stay calm, breathe slowly and don’t worry.

Make sure that you read all the exam instructions carefully and keep an eye on the time so that you spend enough time on each question.

Remember – you can only do your best.


When you’re doing your coursework you need to try and plan your projects carefully and make sure you don’t leave them until the last minute.

Take your time and make sure that you choose topics that you find interesting and then ensure that you research them properly before you start writing!

You will need to write carefully and clearly and always check your spelling, grammar and punctuation.

It also might be worth checking if there is a word limit that you need to stick to.

Who can help?

If you feel that you need help, you can speak to your teacher, parent or carers. You can also speak to your friends as they might be having the same problems.

Look into going to revision classes at your school or college. They can be good fun and can really help you with your revision.

If you need help with your studying, homework or revision, then an ideal place to look is in the BBC Bitesize section of the BBC website.

BBC Learning Zone has useful resources and interactive activities designed to help you find information to help you further your learning.

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