Revision, revision, revision! It can seem like a daunting time of year, as exams season is fast approaching and you feel as though you have a million and one things to remember.
But stay calm. Don't think of the experience as a whole - break it down into small digestible sessions and it won't seem so intense.
We have 3 helpful revision tips you might not have thought of to help you through the revision season.
1. TRY ARGUING WITH YOURSELF ABOUT IT (SOLITARY DISCOURSE)
According to Columbia University, you'll learn best if you argue with yourself! No we aren't suggesting you start shouting at yourself in public and this may seem a bit strange at first but imagine having a mini-you sitting on your shoulder that is questioning everything you are saying and challenging what you are thinking about the topic you are revising. You can then answer your mini self with evidence and logic of the subject to reinforce what you have learnt and become more confident in your knowledge of the particular topic.
2. TEACH SOMEONE ELSE
Try teaching the material you are revising to someone else. This is known as 'the Protégé Effect' as you work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately and apply it more effectively.
Teaching someone else requires you to learn and organise your knowledge in a clear and structured manner. Also, learning with the intent of teaching often involves the use of additional techniques beyond those used when learning for yourself, which leads to a more comprehensive understanding of the material. GCSE student Jelina found a study buddy helped her with her revision (see the video here) so why not try it!
3. MAKE A LIST OF 20 REASONS WHY YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR EXAMS
I'm too tired. I haven't got my green highlighter. I'm 20 minutes behind on my revision timetable, so I might as well start tomorrow. It's too hard. I don't like this subject.
It's funny how many excuses we can make to put off revising when we know we should be. If you make a list of 20 reason you want to be successful in your exams you will have a bank of positive reasons to cancel out the excuses you have already built up in your mind over weeks, months maybe even years!
Good luck with those GCSE exams and don't forget that you’re not in this alone. Seek help and support from your teachers, your friends and your family. Any time it all feels a bit too hard, just pause and picture the moment when you walk out of your final exam. It will feel GOOD!
Take a look at our student revision video and revision page for more study tips on how to prepare for exams.