North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

Cotham and Redland Green Learning Communities

Revision Tips...from Students!

Do you struggle with revision? Unsure where to begin? Here are some top tips from current Post 16 students:

Get organised

  • Structure your time and make a revision timetable early on. Don’t panic if you don’t stick to it but factor in time for changes
  • Make sure you get enough sleep
Spend some time every day organising all of your notes and have clear sections for each unit / topic
  • Create a positive environment: Find a space away from distractions such as Facebook, your phone, consoles, the TV and friends (unless you know you can work well together!)

Make it manageable

  • Set yourself small, manageable targets to break your revision down
  • Work in focused bursts and then have a break to relax and do something fun
  • Give yourself rewards for each target completed, e.g. half an hour of Facebook time

Active revision = the best revision. It’s about more than just reading your notes! Try a variety of the following methods:

  • Make summary notes – write, condense, write, test
  • Mindmaps
  • Flash cards – keep them simple
  • Mnemonics
  • Posters – the more colourful the better!
  • Post-it notes – on your bedroom wall, the bathroom mirror, the fridge….
  • Podcasts / Youtube clips
  • Record yourself
  • Past papers
  • Make use of technology – apps and revision websites
  • Use internet resources such as ‘get revising’, BBC 
  • Bitesize and SAM Learning

Teach others and test yourself

  • Get somebody to test you or teach a friend or family member. You will then be going over your knowledge and it will be much more likely that you remember it. We remember 90% of what we teach to others compared to 10% of what we read!

Coping with Exam Stress

Tests and exams are an inevitable and challenging part of school life and with AS and A2 exams fast approaching we have done some research and selected our top tips for managing stress levels over the next couple of months: 

  • Eat well - a balanced diet is vital for staying alert in the exam season
  • Good sleep - most teenagers need between 8 and 10 hours a night
  • Ask for help
  • Be prepared - talk to your tutor or academic mentor about a revision timetable
  • Exercise and boost your energy levels
  • Relax and take a break
  • Discuss your nerves - feeling nervous is normal!
  • Keep things in perspective.......remember exams don't last forever
  • Make time for treats
  • Don't compare yourself to others

If students or parents are worried please get in touch with Miss Haine (RGS) or Mrs Morris (Cotham). 

Useful websites:

http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/managing-stress/#tips

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/advice/factfile_az/exams_stress

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/Coping-with-exam-stress.aspx