How to revise

The best ways to revise involve you using your brain. This may sounds obvious, but there are lots of activities we can do that look like revision, but don't challenge our brains at all, so may be a waste of time. 

The best ways to revise:

1. Make sure you understand what you're revising. It is possible to learn and remember random facts, but it's so much easier if you understand the concept behind them too. Knowing the overall story of how the facts fit together is a great first step (and where science tutoring comes in!)

2.Read your notes, then cover them up and write down as much as you can remember. This process of recall is vital. Work out how much information you can read before covering and remembering – a single sentence is too short, but a full page might be too much (at least at the beginning). You must set yourself a bit of a challenge.

3. If you don't like endlessly writing things down, cover what you've just read and say it to friends or family instead. The process of recall works whether you are writing it, or saying it.

4. Explain things out loud - you may think you understand something, but seeing if you can put it into words really is a very good test. If you can explain it to someone, you understand it.

5. Make Summary notes, but don't just copy stuff. This can be a time-consuming exercise and there are already plenty of revisions summary notes out there. If you're sending lots of time on it, make sure that time is productive and is helping you learn the information. There's little evidence to show that copying things down makes you remember them (you can copy things without understanding them). This can look and feel productive, but is largely a waste of time. Instead read a paragraph and then try to summarise it in a sentence or two. 

6. Practise past exam questions. Understanding is one thing – writing it in the way the examiners want it is another. This is a skill that takes practice. 

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