Homework can be a struggle, and exams even harder, you have so much information flying around your head you don’t know whether you’re coming or going. Or perhaps you don’t have anything flying around your head and that’s problem! Here are a few tips from expert Paul Stratford former Examiner for SW Examinations Board, Oxford Examinations Board, and former Headmaster, who explains in brief how to maximise your potential by revising effectively.
The key to successful revision is active revision so:
You need to know what to revise:
Check the syllabus – it tells you what you should know
Check what’s been taught – it tells you what the teacher thinks you should know
Analyse old exam papers (as many as you can, starting with the latest) it tells you what the examiners think you should know and how often each topic comes up, hence how likely it is that you will get a question on that topic.
Between these you can generally predict most questions on the paper in general terms. That should be enough to scrape a pass. But don’t rely on it, you need more!
Go through your notes and summarise each section, then make a summary of the summary. Use tricks such as word association, spider diagrams, etc or mnemonics to link sections together – then summarise them too. Write down each stage.
Continue this process until each section of your syllabus is covered and then reconstruct the original, i.e. work backwards to the original. Continue this, in writing until you have perfected each part of the syllabus.
If you think this is a long winded and laborious process, you’ve missed the point!
Good luck with your studies.