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Revision can certainly be a pain. But if you get on top of it, stay organised and even start learning some things you didn't know before, it can actually be a pleasure. Here are some tips on how to do that:
- Make a revision timetable for the study leave period, try to stick to about two subjects per day.
- Be realistic, it's much better to learn small bits thoroughly than skim read a whole topic without taking much in.
- Break your revision into small bite size pieces, topic by topic, and then sub-sectioned.
- Try and use a learning style which suits you - whether that means sticking post-it notes around your room, creating revision cards or drawing diagrams.
- Set yourself mini goals and reward yourself when you have completed them - no cheating!
- Have a list of all the sections you need to cover and tick them off - it'll be so satisfying as the list gets smaller and smaller!
- Ask your teacher for some past exam papers and test yourself to find out which areas you need to focus on more, as well as familiarise yourself with the format of the examination papers to expect.
- Whatever you do, DON'T leave revision to the last minute - you are not going to be able to cram two years worth of syllabus into the night before an exam, so plan ahead, prioritise and work hard - you've got the whole summer to relax after all!
- Have a look at the BBC site on revision tips, how to cope with exams and much more.