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Revision tips to help with exams

Exams and tests can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’ve never sat one before, and preparation is key 🔑 That’s why luna’s here with some top tips you can try to help with this! Though, try not to put too much pressure on yourself. As hard as it can seem in the moment, please remember that you are not defined by your grades, you're much, much more than that. Yes school is important, but so is your health, well-being, relationships and much more ❣️

  • Plan ahead: planning ahead is a great way to start 🙌 Making sure you’re organised at the start makes doing the work easier down the line. Good ways of planning include: breaking the content down into manageable chunks, making a plan of what to do each day, and making sure your notes are up to date 🗓️

  • Prioritise: don't just start from the front of the text book – make a list of the areas that are your weakest and start there as you'll need the most time to focus on these 💚

  • Ask questions: during classes, make sure to ask questions if you are confused ✋even if you think it is a silly question. If you don’t feel comfortable asking in front of the class, don’t be afraid to approach your teacher at the end of class – they are there to help 💬

  • Make the most of materials: if your teacher hands out information/summary sheets, don’t just shove them into your bag 🙅– look over them and use them for your revision! Learning intentions are often available during classes or on exam authority websites - have a look online or ask your teacher about these. If they are available, they can help make what you need to learn clearer 📝

  • Study techniques: there are a lot of different studying methods so do what works for you 🌈 Active recall (more below) is highly effective, along with methods such as mind mapping, using the pomodoro method, past papers, or flashcards. If you find a method isn’t working for you, don’t be afraid to let it go and try another one 🗃️

  • Practice papers: even if you dont feel ready to do one, try and get at least one done – ignore the final mark, but it will help you identify weak areas; it's so important to focus on those and not just your strong points 🧡

  • Active recall: active recall is a very effective way to study. It involves trying to remember the information instead of just reading or copying it out 🤔 Some active recall methods include using flashcards, writing it out from memory (then checking it), testing yourself, or making quizzes with your friends 💭

  • Use other sources: use online resources or textbooks if you aren’t understanding the teaching. Often hearing the topic taught in a different way is all that’s needed to help you understand 💯Make sure that the website is reliable and matches the information you need to learn for your exam! You can also ask your friends or classmates too 📚

  • Make it fun: who said studying had to be lonely and boring? Group study sessions, quizzes, and making posters are all effective and fun ways of studying 💫 An idea for a group study session is to divide the topics amongst you, make a powerpoint, and teach each other about it - this helps all of you bring together knowledge 🤗

  • Don’t leave it all to the last minute: if you don’t understand something at the end of the class, spend some time studying it until you do – don’t wait until you begin revising to learn the content 🫣 Along the same line, don’t start your revision a week before the exam. It is more effective to do it little and often throughout the year than to cram it all into an evening ⏳

  • Look after yourself: make sure you are eating and sleeping well, drinking plenty of water, and exercising often 💗

Hope these tips help, and good luck with your exams 💪

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