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Exam Revision Tips

Studying for your exams? See some Revision Tips below that you could find handy. We are wishing you luck for all your studies!

Get rid of distractions

Study/Revision Time is your time to prepare for your upcoming exams. You want as few distractions as possible during this time, so that you can really focus. At home, why not create a study space if you can, away from any distracting gadgets and gizmos. In College, come and study in our E-Hub where our team will be able to support you with anything you need. 

If you find it hard to focus due to your phone or computer, we suggest turning off notifications. 


Set a regular time to study

It can be hard to revise if you aren't sure when you will have time, and it can also be hard to focus if you decide to study 5 minutes before you do. It is best to set a regular time for you to revise, so that you know exactly when you will have time, and that you can focus on the task in hand. Whether its an hour every few days, an hour every day or a solid time period every week, see what works for you. 


Keep all notes together (and by subject!)

If you rely on notes to revise, make sure these are all kept ideally in one place, whether they be handwritten or on your PC. Imagine going through all your notes and not being able to find the subject notes you really need - not an ideal situation! If you are studying a vocational subject alongside English and/or Maths, keep the notes for these subjects separate so you don't get confused by looking at the wrong topics. 


Look at past papers

Past exam papers are a great tool to help you with your revision, as you can see what sort of questions may come up in your exam. You can also get familiar with the wording in the paper, and see what sort of tasks you may have to do. In the actual exam, you can then take the pressure off as you know what the format is like. 


Speak to our staff

All of our staff are here to help you achieve the very best grades that you can, and will help you out with any revision or areas you are unsure of. Simply speak to your lecturer, head of department or one of our E-Hub team as a starting point. Some subjects may even offer revision help during half term and the holidays. 


Stay Positive!

It can be hard during exam season to focus on anything else other than the exam - but remember that you have so much to offer outside of your grades. Don't focus too much on what could happen or what could not happen, just try the best you can!


Most importantly, take a break!

Taking a break, even just for 5 minutes in the middle of a revision session, can significantly help the amount of knowledge that you will retain. Taking time to reflect on what you have learnt will allow it to go in your mind easier. If studying at College, remember we have a Contemplation room where you can go anytime and take a breather during exam season. On Wednesdays, get stuck in with our Enrichment options, and just have fun. 


Good luck for all your exams - we wish you the very best success!