Let's face it, revision can be tough, so it's important to make it as fun as possible.
"Fun? Are you kidding?" we hear you say. Ok, so whilst we aren’t going to pretend you’ll want to swap your salsa classes/online gaming/bird watching for revision, there are ways you can inject some fun into your studies and maximise your learning.
Think about how you learn best, and try to use your five senses. You might remember things easier by listening, so why not record some sound bites, questions, and revision tips on your phone and play them back. Then you can listen to them on the go as well. Just make sure they don't get mixed up with your favourite playlist – nothing will clear a dance floor like your recital of Newton’s three laws of motion!
If you’re more of a visual learner, you might want to draw a quick illustration or comic strip to help memorise a point, or cover your entire room in posters and mind maps, which will catch your eye even when you’re not actually revising.
Some find working in a group really beneficial, as you can discuss ideas, quiz each other, and help with any problems. Be careful not to get distracted though, it’s important you keep on track.
Whether it’s through song, mnemonics, different accents, interpretive dance or just plain old notes, find a medium that works for you and go for it.
Here are some top tips from Essex students:
- "Work in groups – teach one person a topic you understand, and someone can teach you a topic they understand."
- "Take advantage of your teacher's support, and your peers too. Sit down and revise together by answering past papers as a team so eventually you are all at the same level."
- "Draw pictures next to your notes, which will help you remember."
- "Record yourself reading your revision notes out loud and play them back frequently."
- "If you don’t understand a topic, use YouTube videos to help, then write it out in a way you would understand best."