Exam Revision Tips

If you’re determined to get the best results as possible follow the Exam Revision Tips below to help you get there.

Nothing beats hard-work, especially when it comes to studying, but there are ways you can guide your brain to remember information easier which supports your ability to learn.

Revision Timetable

  • Building a revision timetable can add structure to your revision and help you identify which areas you need to prioritise to get better marks.
  • Creating a revision timetable is a great way to organise your study time, plus it also helps boost your motivation to revise for your exams.
  • Recognising a need for a revision timetable means that you have already made a great start to combat exam stress.

Practice, practice, practice

One of the biggest recommendations that students suggest is to practice questions by doing as many past papers as you can.

Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the:

  • Exam format
  • Question style
  • Time pressure
  • Retrieve information quicker

Collaborate with Classmates in Groups

  • If you find your coursework too much to tackle alone, then why not enlist the help and support of other students?
  • Create or join online study groups and connect with other students in the subjects you are studying.
  • This will allow you to fully prepare for your exams as well as enrich your learning by exploring the thoughts and ideas of others.
  • Interacting with other students will also help you improve your communication and collaboration skills, and in addition, you and your classmates can also test one another’s knowledge and level of progress!

Take Regular Study Breaks

  • Do you feel stressed, tired and that no new information is entering your head? There is no point forcing yourself to study for hours upon hours as this will not result in a positive outcome.
  • Taking regular study breaks and exercising is proven to engaging your brain in studying, improve your wellbeing and exam performance in the long-run.
  • Exercise is a powerful enabler which boosts your brain’s ability to be productive so don’t underestimate how important it is to take the stairs rather than the lift!

Understand Your Learning Style

  • Everyone thinks that there is a best way to study but the reality is that each person is different.
  • Once you understand your learning style by deciding if you are a visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinaesthetic learner, then remembering and recalling new information will become much easier.
  • Practice will also tell you if you work better studying during the night or in the morning/daytime.

Variety is the Spice of Life!

  • Mix up your study habits and methods by listening to podcasts, watching videos or documentaries, moving to new study area or even something as simple as using different colours for your study notes.
  • This is different to the other revision tips mentioned here as it encourages you to try a few different things to see what fits for you.
  • Your brain will recall where you were or how you revised for a topic which will help you remember more information. Give it a go!

Use Mind Maps to Connect Ideas

  • If you find it difficult to remember tons of new study notes, Mind Maps may be the key to improving your memory.
  • The theory behind mind mapping explains that making associations by connecting ideas helps you to memorise information easier and quicker.

Day of Your Exam

The day of your exam can be the most stressful of the entire examination experience but there are ways which you can minimise your anxiety such as…

  • Making sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the exam
  • Try and stay calm by using deep breathing techniques to relax your body and mind
  • Plan your day so you know what to expect
  • Keep yourself hydrated with water
  • Don’t underestimate the power of eating a healthy breakfast the day of your exams!

Exam techniques

  • If you feel you’ve forgotten everything, it may be just nerves. Take a few deep breaths to help you stay calm.
  • Read the instructions; make sure you know how many questions to answer.
  • Take your time, read all the questions carefully until you understand exactly what is needed.
  • Look for the command words. Identify key words before you answer the question.
  • Use your answer book to brainstorm and mind-map content or ideas as you go. This will also help jog your memory if you ‘draw a blank’.
  • Remember to cross out any draft work you don’t want marked.
  • Write neatly.
  • Answer the questions given on the paper, not the questions you were expecting.
  • Use the allocated marks to guide how much time you spend on each answer.
  • If you can’t answer a question, move on to the next question and come back later.
  • Leave space between answers so if you want to expand on any later, you can add to them neatly.
  • Allow time to check back over your work.

Helpful Revision Apps/Website for Students


Boost Your Revision with GoConqr: https://www.goconqr.com/users/sign_up/

Get revising – https://getrevising.co.uk/

AQA – http://www.aqa.org.uk/student-support/for-students/revision

AQA Exam Day – http://www.aqa.org.uk/student-support/for-students/so-its-exam-day

GCSE/A Level – https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision