How do you revise?

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I have major gcse's to take next week, including my science retakes. I can't mess up my retakes, as I paid money to retake them! I was just wondering how you all revise and what is the easiest way, as I'm terrible at revising - I always get distracted or I panic!

Posted Fri 4th January, 2013 @ 16:22 by Amber

3 Answers

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Okay first of all...don't panic!!! 

Try music/podcasts if you are auditory like me (but music without lyrics as thats distracting!)

Highlighters and pictures if you're visual.

Revision activities like matching cards if you are more of a kinesthetic learner.

Just take your revision in small chunks, maybe like half an hour slots with a 5 minute break. More goes in your brain in that time that just sitting down for 2 hours. It's quality not quantity :)

Make notes and keep testing yourself through past papers, quizzes, worksheets and resources you've made really. 

Keep your revision varied! what i did was i made a list of six ways to revise, for example

1. Notes

2. podcast

3. past paper

4. flashcards

5. quiz

6. revise with a friend

and just roll a dice and do the activity with the corresponding number!

Okay sorry, for so much info! Hope this is helpful and good luck!!!

Answered Fri 4th January, 2013 @ 17:22 by MachoNachoNinja
Edited by MachoNachoNinja on Fri 4th January, 2013 @ 17:23
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Vanessa's answer is great, the more variety the better, it stops your brain from falling asleep and means you take in more! Whilst some people find writing out notes over and over the best way, I don't learn very well by doing that, so I find the following methods considerably better:

I can particularly recommend Flashcards and past papers for science. Flashcards with just one fact to learn on each can be a great way of easily identifying and correcting areas that you are weak on. Doing past papers allows you to take the individual facts that you've learned from each flashcard and practice applying them to an exam situation.

Seeing lots of mark schemes is really useful, it allows you go get into the mindset of the examiner, and focus on tuning your answers to what the examiner needs to see in order to give you marks. 

Three more ways that I use on top of Vanessa's:

1) Revision Posters - Pick a sub-topic, make a colourful poster and put it up in your room somewhere where you would often look (e.g. next to another poster you often look at, above your bed etc). The process of writing out the information starts to make it go in, and highlighting key words and phrases will draw your attention on a regular basis. You'll find that, over time, things will starts going in sub-consciously!

2) Teaching - sort of follows on from revising with a friend. People say the best way to learn is to teach what you need to learn to somebody else (they don't necessarily need to know anything about it). I certainly agree, I teach my younger sister A-level science stuff, and the process of me teaching does make me learn it.

3) Chanting - bit of an odd one I grant you, but it works for me. The idea is to take key words and phrases, put a silly or catchy tune or rhythm to them and then say/sing them out loud. If you repeat that process, then just like a really annoying song the phrases get stuck in your head. Again, I find this works well for science where there's a lot of key terminology to learn.

Hope this helps! 

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 13:08 by ex-Lechiayim
Edited by ex-Lechiayim on Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 16:00
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I find it works when i rewrite my notes in bullet points, it helps you think about what you are writing as you have to summarise, and the action of writing it helps me to rememeber them. I then read through the notes i have just made and highlight key words and phrases, this helps it be remembered stronger.

 I also, make revision cards on here about case studies etc and mindmaps to help remeber smaller bits of information.

finally i do lots of questions from past papers, if like me you have exams where most of the questions are essay like questions and you don't feel like writing the answer out in full each time, just make a detailed plan and think about what to include and how to structure your answer. make sure you have a good technique for answering longer questions and as long as you know the content you should write a pretty good answer.

hope this helps

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 13:25 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR