- Make yourself a nice work area. You need a flat surface with good light. Gather up plenty of pens and pencils. A ruler, scissors, glue, dictionary and notebook are also useful.
- Try and do your revision at the same time each day. Getting into a routine will make it feel less of a chore.
- Explain your revision task to a family member and tell them how it follows on from what you studied at school. Talking about it will give you some ideas.
- Eat a healthy snack before settling down to do your revision.
- Use a variety of resources including the internet. There are games that can make revision much more fun than just reading from a textbook.
- Revise outside the textbook. E.g. if you are studying Shakespeare, watching a play will make it more interesting and reinforce what you have learned at school.
- Studying with a friend is a good way to share ideas and motivate one another.
- Don't start revising until you've made a revision plan showing what you need to do and when you will do it.
- Don't revise with the TV on. Turn it off but listen to music if you find it helps.
- Don't forget to take a break. A 15-20 min break every 90 minutes will refresh your mind. Go for a walk, have a drink or listen to some music.
- Don't forget to have a good night's sleep.
Under Pressure? Six Golden Rules
- Stick to fulfilling your potential, not other people's expectations.
- Ask for help if you need it.
- Take time out and relax, it will pay off.
- Focus on yourself, not on what anyone else thinks or does.
- Remember this is NOT your ONLY chance to prove yourself.
- Believe in yourself, you've got no reason not to.