Wednesday, 3 June 2015

How To Pass Exams // Revision Tips

Exam season is here for all of you doing GSCEs, A Levels or AS Levels and for everyone else end of year assessments are coming up, well they are in my school. I've decided to share some of my tips for the exam period. I hope you find these somewhat useful!

One of the best tips I have for you is to use colour. This is literally my favourite thing to do because 
a) it makes your books look pretty
b) it makes important key words or phrases stand out so they're easier to memorize.
I personally love using fine-liners to underline important words or put bubbles around key phrases or word definitions. I like to do this while I'm taking notes in class, but I know some people add the colour when they're revising. I just find it easier to do it as I make the notes so I can just go through them when I need to.

This is the obvious one that I think everyone uses. I find these so useful as they are really easy to carry around. I generally flick through these on the bus to school the morning or at breaks and lunchtimes before a test. My favourite ways to use them are either writing a question on the front and the answer on the back or for french I like writing the words in french on the front and the English translation on the back.

A Good Clean Work Space
For me, there's nothing worse than having to work at a messy desk - ask anyone who sits next to me in lessons at school, if you do, I feel sorry for you. I can't work unless everything is neat and organised, and it just looks so much nicer anyway. My desk is the one place in my room that I tidy pretty much daily. I just can't concentrate at a messy desk. I also have slight OCD tendencies, as right now I am so annoyed by the fact that my pens aren't in colour order and my pen cup is facing the wrong way, anyway that's another story.

It's really important to take short breaks in between revising as it is scientifically proven that people who work for long periods of time without taking breaks tend to loose concentration and get distracted more than people who take short regular breaks. I like taking a five minute break every twenty five minutes. During the breaks I like watch some YouTube, Netflix, or go on social media. My current favourite TV show on Netflix is Once Upon A Time I seriously recommend you check it out if you haven't already.

I really suggest having your school timetable somewhere visible on your desk or somewhere you have easy access to. I find it's always useful to know when my lessons are so I know which subjects I need to revise for first.

My favourite things. Snacks are important when revising in my opinion because you want to keep your energy topped up. I think its a good idea to get your snacks made/sorted out before you start revising so you don't have to get up and move around when you should be studying. I would love to think I have healthy snacks when revising and yes I know, everyone says to have fruit or nuts or something healthy like that but in reality, that's not going to happen for most of us. I personally love the wild berry flavour Skittles at the moment and I don't have these very often, but today my mum decided to buy me some so thanks mum your a babe. I also like keeping a bottle of water on my desk when revising so I keep hydrated.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it helpful. Let me know if you have any other tips for me!

Angharad xoxo


  1. Oh, hello!
    I've always wondered if timetables were more of a U.K. thing. :)
    Several of my friends from there have these timetables, but here in the U.S. most people have never heard of them...
    ~ Sanjana
    P.S.- These are some fantastic study tips!

    1. Oh that's funny, I've never really thought about it before. So like how do you guys know what classes and stuff you have on certain days? I'm really interested now!
      Also, thank you! x