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Friday, 18 March 2011

How To Revise Effectively

Following on from 5 Ways To Beat Procrastination, I am going to write a bit of advice on how you can revise effectively and efficiently to maximise your effort! We all know that revising can be a drag and it is much easier to just sit and watch television or mess around on Facebook. Hopefully this post will help you to try and set out a simple and easy plan and put it into action.

Plan Your Time

This for me is the most important part of revising. Make a revision plan, timetable or something else and then stick to it! We seem to all be very good at making a plan but very few of us actually see it through when it comes down to it. Put the timetable somewhere you can see it and then tick off when you have completed a slot of revision! Even the act of ticking something off will provide you with the feeling like you have accomplished something and it’s time for a break.

Regular Breaks

Now I’m sure teachers have all told you that regular breaks are the best way to revise and they aren’t lying. It might seem like more can be done if you sit for 3 hours and work but studies have shown that you should try to take a 5-10 minute break every hour to allow your brain to relax. This break could be going and making a cup of tea or a toilet break. Just moving away from your work can relax you just a little and get you ready to sit down for another hour.


Instead of scrawling hundreds of pages of notes, try summarising a topic or subject onto just a few sides of A4. This might seem impossible at first but doing this will make you prioritise what is important and what isn’t. it will also ensure that you are reading over your notes properly and actually thinking about what is written instead of copying it out. These summarise will also sever as very nice revising sheets closer to the time of exams. They can also be used to summarise from again, effectively creating a summary of the summary!

Get Some Sleep

You can’t revise properly if you are going out and not getting to sleep until the early hours of the morning. Try to force yourself to be responsible and climb into bed early with a book or some notes and just get a good night sleep. It will allow your brain to shut off and be replenished for another day of hard revision. You will also find that you will be much more motivated to revise if you have had a good sleep, which in turn will lead to a more effective day of revision.

Practice x1000

Reading and summarising notes will only get you so far until you will eventually have to write that essay or answer some questions on it. The more you do, the better you will become. Remember that practice makes perfect and you want to go into the exam knowing that you have the not only the knowledge to answer the question but the skills to answer it too!


Cramming is a big no! Don’t get this mixed up with doing lots of revision the night before, because that is perfectly fine. What it means is do not leave your revision to the week before or the night before. Now, last minute revising might have served you well before, but at some point it will catch up with you and you will only have yourself to blame. Spread your revision out over a month or two, which will mean that you can do 4/5 hours a day instead of doing 12+ hours a few nights before.

Remember to stay calm before your exam and try and arrive with plenty of time after having a bit of food before hand. If you have revised hard then you will do your best and your best is all you can do!

I know that these seem very basic principles but you might be surprised at how many people don't do some of these things. Hopefully this will be a help to you and if not then you are already on the tracks to a solid season of revision!

Please leaves comments at the bottom with any other techniques that you use yourself.


  1. Infact if someone follow only basics will surely get good grades.But thats what lacking among youngsters nowadays.

  2. Thats harsh. Don't be so stereotypical.

  3. Somewhere in the middle the motivation no longer exists. Most students are no longer determined to give their best. I feel the CBSE curriculum designers should include this in their AEP programme (for CCE).

  4. I agree with you completely. Maybe the students need more guidance from grown-ups.......I am a student myself and I find that either lack of motivation or lack of guidance usually is the core cause of bad grades (although I am a good student, compared to my classmates)

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  7. My solution : past exam papers. do as many as you can. it really helps as it provides practice and the student can better understand.

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