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Revision tips for exams

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With the right approach and a lot of preparation, revising for exams need not be as stressful as you may initially fear. Whether you are revising for first year exams or finals, with these tips, you can be well on your way to success.

Devise a Timetable

Research has shown that short bursts of revision are much more effective than prolonged periods of concentration, so when creating you timetable, split it into 20-30min sections with five minute breaks in between. Now, I can’t say revision is going to be fun for everyone, but there are ways to make it more tolerable. To prevent boredom creeping in, interchange subjects so that you study one area for the first couple of periods of revision and then a different subject for the next two, and so on. Do return to each subject during the day of revision so you can refresh your memory.

Use your senses

Bizarre as it may sound, but there is proof that using certain senses during revision can enhance memory and focus during an exam. For example, if you spray your notes with a scent and then wear the same scent on the day of the exam, it is said that memories will surface. There could be an element of truth in this as how often do certain aromas evoke certain memories of past experiences?

Exam revision boy struggling

Be Healthy

To be in peak condition it is necessary to feed your brain essential nutrients. However, this can be a long process, but there is no harm in ensuring you are getting the right vitamins and nutrients such as Omega oils and B12, to help your brain along a little. Exercise is also important as increased blood flow to the brain will aid concentration.


The perfect environment is needed for effective revision so find a quiet room in which to revise. If this is not available at home, make use of the local library, which is also handy for additional revision resources.

Involve your friends

After you have established a revision routine and are confident you have retained sufficient information, get your friends in on the action and ask them to test you. This also applies to your family, but by using friends on the same course, they are more likely to be familiar with the subject areas and you can also swap some revision tips amongst yourselves.

Past Papers

These should be available from your tutor and it is a good idea to sit a few papers in exam conditions so you do not feel as stressed when it comes to the real thing. Doing past papers will also give you a realistic idea about what you need to achieve in the time allocated.


Try not to work yourself into a frenzy: if you have prepared and put in the work, you deserve some time to relax. In fact, it is very important to ensure you get enough sleep and have the opportunity to step away from revision for a while. This will ensure you are rejuvenated and prepared for another bout of revision and eventually, your exams.







About Denise Morgan

About Denise Morgan

Denise has five years' experience writing for various web-based companies. During this time she has also contributed to magazine articles and brochures. In addition to writing, Denise is a gigging singer/songwriter and is proud to have featured on the first series of BBC One's The Voice UK, having been selected by the great Sir Tom Jones. Denise is mother to the most talented and ridiculously intelligent two year old that has ever been and ever will be (until she creates another one that is). This kind of hyperbole is restricted only to her progeny and is not a reflection of her usual writing styles... Denise and her son live in Manchester along with their five cats - yes that's right, five.

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