Everyone hates revision, it's boring, takes forever and half the time what you've revised never comes up in the exam. Not only that, but does anyone actually know how to revise? I'm still trying to work it out in all honesty... these are the methods I used in school, I seriously hope this is useful to someone:
One of the things that helped me a lot was doing / looking at past papers. Seeing top-mark papers gives an indication of what examiners are looking for helps massively for when you go into your exam. It also helps to see the structure and memorise it so you know how to construct the essays / how questions are asked.
Write lesson notes
I cannot stress this enough! Often bullet point notes are the most useful things whilst revising, I found this easiest to do on my laptop as I’m such a slow writer but getting the information down is the most important thing.
Once you’ve got the basic notes, the best thing to do with them I rewrite them in a more clear and concise way. I often found this not only helped me remember the information, and when it came to revision I wasn’t thoroughly confused by what I’d written or what it meant.
Put notes in group chats
Possibly the only reason I passed my English A-Level was the group chat, not only did my class keep me slightly sane (albeit 90% of the contents were memes we made), but if someone was confused or there was homework due in, someone in the class generally had a vague idea of what was going on and it was a quick way of sharing information
Go to revision sessions
Something to really utilise are revision sessions. Often not many people go to them so it’s the perfect time to catch up on work and get extra information from your teacher. I also found they were amazing for more 1-on-1 support from the teacher, especially if there was something you missed or didn’t understand.
Use online platforms
Most schools have online learning platforms and upload tasks / information / lesson content etc… to them. These are always great places to check to add to revision notes.
Get the lesson PowerPoints emailed to you
Pretty much every single teacher uses PowerPoints all the time, all one of my college lectures did was read off of the PowerPoints. These contain so much stuff you need to know and is much easier than sifting through google for hours and hours. Before the exams I asked my teachers to email me the PowerPoints we’d used in class and they were great just to reference to when revising.
If you’re a visual leaner, this will help you so much. Write all the sections of your notes in a colour coded way or use the colours to highlight key words/sections. You could also use this method to colour code your subjects and each topic in the subjects.
For subjects where you have to memorise quotes or key words/phrases these are an absolute dream! they also work well to write a question on one side and an answer on the other.
Timetables are great in assuring you don’t over/underwork and keep track of what you’ve revised. These are easy enough to make on word, simply put the day and time in two separate columns on a table and write in what you plan to do!
One of the best and most common methods for revision and as boring as it is, revision guides really do help. If you’re in lessons especially and the teacher’s going on about something you’re convinced they haven’t taught you, just get one out and read the explanation.