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Former students share their revision tips

Published on 26/04/17

Hear from some of our former Orchard School Bristol students about how best to prepare for the summer exams... 

Revision tips from James (an editor at the BBC):

First and foremost,  I always started my revision by reading the marking scheme. Knowing what is required of you and what the marker is looking for is incredibly important. Even if you don’t feel confident in your abilities, you can always focus on certain parts of the marking scheme that you are good at or are worth the most. This is helpful to start at GCSE, but at A Level and uni, this is pretty vital.

For GCSE through to university revision, I used the same 5-step technique.

  1. Write notes on the subject, use diagrams and lists where appropriate.
  2. Leave that topic for the day and start another A4 page on another topic. Repeat
  3. After a few days, revisit the first page and go through it with a highlighter. Only highlighting keywords or phrases (sometimes it hard not to highlight large chunks, but try and limit the highlighting to a word or two each line)
  4. Stick the pages up all over your bedroom and around the house so you’re surrounded by them and are easily visible.
  5. Go through each of the note pages in a clockwise order.

Other tips:

At uni I found it pretty useful to buy some blank wall paper and stick a whole slab of it on my wall with bluetac, so I could write on the walls. Useful for working out equations and such.

YouTube revision is pretty great... in small doses. Don’t fall into a YouTube black hole where you are just watching the videos, but not processing anything that is being said, or getting side-tracked by suggested videos (that aren’t relevant to the exam board /or subject entirely).

Revision tips from Faith:

To support the Year 11s, my advice will be to start revision early, make your poster or cue cards colourful to stand out best for you. Don't over revise - make sure you have time to relax (take regular breaks) and I would focus on the exam subject that you are least confident in to help you remember it more.