Essential Revision

Over the last half term we have been introducing you to a range of strategies designed to help you manage and get the most from your learning. At the core of learning lies three important skills: motivation, mindset, curiosity and habit. These can make the difference between studying a subject and mastering it.

Our top tips for you are –


1. Break the task down into manageable chunks

A big task, such as writing an assignment, or revising for an extended period, can be demotivating because it seems so big. Breaking the task down into manageable chunks can therefore help make it seem less daunting. Have clear sections and tasks to do, to make it simpler.


2. Keep your end goal in mind—but also use interim goals on the way.

One of the best ways to stay motivated is to remember why you are studying in the first place. ‘Getting good exam results’ is not necessarily very motivating. Instead, you need to look beyond that to what the exam results will get you, whether that is a place at your chosen university, or a securing an apprenticeship or job. The more detail you can provide for your goal, the easier it will be to keep in mind.


3. Get into a study routine

It is generally easier to stay motivated if your studying becomes part of your everyday life and routine. For example, you might choose to get up an hour earlier, and spend that hour studying each day, or work every other evening, or perhaps study for one day a week. That way, it is easier to avoid being distracted during your study time, because you know that it is set aside for a purpose. Your friends and family will also get to know when your study time happens, and hopefully avoid you then. You should also ensure that when you start your study period, you minimise distractions. For example, put away or switch off your phone, so that you are not tempted to check it.


4. Try different study approaches.

Some days you may want to look at one subject, and try another on a different day. You may also find it helpful to vary your style of working. You could, for example, try working in different places, and varying whether you work alone or with friends. You could also try different types of activities. Options include reading over your notes, writing a mind map or drawing pictures, making up songs or poems to help you remember facts, doing practice questions, or even teaching something to your friends, and having them teach you something you find difficult. Meeting as a group to share and discuss exam answers prepared by each person can give you a helpful critique of your own answer, and also help you think of other ideas. It all helps to keep you interested and motivated, and stop you getting stale.


5. Don’t let your studying take over your life

When you start a new course, it can feel like it is all-important. This is especially true when exams loom. However, it is important not to allow your studying to take over your life. Especially when you are going to be studying for some months, you need to make sure that you build in time for family, friends, exercise, relaxation and sleep, to keep you feeling healthy in mind and body.


The Freebie!

This week were giving away sticky tabs. These are a great tool to help you revise. They can boost your memory, test your sequencing, help you create mind maps and develop assignment or essay plans. Below are a number of ways you can use them to help you learn.

Test out this week’s freebie by doing the following –

  1. Write difficult to remember, facts, quotes or formulae on different coloured notes for each subject. Stick them where you’ll see them e.g. on the back of your door or this inside of your folder. You can also use them to summarise key points on the front of different units.
  2. Use post-its for look, cover, say, write on your revision notes or revision posters
  3. Test your sequencing using post-it notes e.g. the correct order for a process in science or law e.g. mitosis or the passing of a bill through parliament
  4. Use your post-its to create a mind-map. Write down what you know about a topic on post-its. Then arrange them on a wall or large piece of paper to explore your ideas.
  5. You can use sticky notes to practice making essay-plans. Take the notes from your mind-map, or create new ones to play around with the order of your points
  6. Use them to mark your files, books or textbooks to keep track of important pages and information

For more support on how to use sticky notes to help your revision, try watching this video -

Remember, Learning Matters. And we are here to help.  If you need help with getting prepared and your organisation, you can see our ILC team, our ALS or your tutor. 

For even more information on how to master study skills, head to this page all about Here you can find loads more tips, links and research to help you succeed.

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