TIPS FOR REVISION
Here are revision tips which should, if followed, end with good exam scores come results time:
1 Commit to it
Make a revision timetable on a large piece of paper and post it somewhere that everyone can see it. That way, everyone knows what you are meant to be studying and when. Make a good plan and stick with it!
2 Catch the worm
Just like wriggling worms, facts are most available and digestible first thing in the morning. Start at 9am, and get the bulk of your revision done early, so you don't spend the rest of the day feeling stressed.
3 Ask questions of yourself
Facts lie piled up inside your head, without giving any signs of life. You can, however, awaken them through the power of questions. So when you're making notes, don't just write down "The Battle of Hastings was fought in 1066"; instead, put "When was the Battle of Hastings?" in one column, and write "1645" in an opposite column. Cover up the answer and each time you get it right, give yourself a little pat on the back!
Don't open any websites except Weebly. It's simply too tempting to go off roaming the wide, open spaces of the Web, instead of focusing in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Turn off your TV and mobile phone, too.
5 Come up with mnemonics
The word stands for Make Names Easily Memorable by Organizing Nifty Initial Characters. I've usedThe My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas since 4th grade as a way of remembering the nine planets in order of distance from the sun (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto). It works!
6 Believe in bananas
Take a leaf out of the top tennis players' book and use this potassium-rich performance-enhancer to raise your energy levels. When Federer and Nadal need a lift, they don't reach for a courtside cup of black coffee, they unzip a banana. Stay off the junk food!
7 Buddy up!
Work your way through the Middle Ages together! Ask friends over for a revision session. With things like dates and vocabulary, it's always better if someone else is testing you, rather than you testing yourself (and peeking at the answers).
8 Take the stairs
Take a break every 20-30 minutes and give yourself a good stretch, your eyes a break and get some blood flowing to your brain!
Feeling stressed about the forthcoming exams?
Don’t worry, here’s a list of famous people who didn’t do at all well at school:
• Winston Churchill, British prime minister
• Abraham Lincoln, US president
• George Bernard Shaw, author and playwright
• Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb
• Leo Tolstoy, writer of War and Peace
• Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse
• Richard Branson, British tycoon
• Michael Faraday, pioneer of electromagnetism
Just do your best!