SATs and GCSEs are just around the corner, so it’s time to give your students some top-notch revision tips to help them prep for their exams.
This is a really important time for your students, so you must try to support them and offer guidance where needed.
Do this by kicking off the spring term with a quick recap on how to prepare for exams. Use our six favourite revision tips for inspiration, and you’ll help your students reach the top grades!
Why is revision important?
Let’s face it; students don’t really want to revise. They’d rather be out with their friends.
Half the battle with revision is persuading students to knuckle down and do some. You need to convince them that it’s an activity worth more than watching the next ‘Marvel’ film.
Start off by including some small revision tasks in your lessons, then emphasise that revision outside of school will help them feel more confident when it comes to their exams. You should also suggest the potential grade boost it might give them.
Once you’ve done that, you can start giving your students revision tips. However, remember that each student learns in a different way, so present several options and help them find one that works for them.
6 revision tips for exam success
1. Check the syllabus and use it as an outline
The official syllabus for every exam will be available online. Print out copies and give them to your students.
Tell them to use the syllabus to break down their revision into easy and manageable chunks. It’ll make the concept of revision much less daunting and their revision methods more effective.
As they work their way down the list, get them to tick off subjects they’ve covered. This will give them a satisfying feeling and a sense of achievement which will spur them on for the rest of the revision season.
2. Don’t leave it to the last minute
This is one of the most important revision tips we can give your students; don’t try to do it the night before!
Cramming is not an effective revision method, and what students need just before their exam is a good night’s sleep.
To avoid a last-minute panic, instruct your class to start revising at least one month before their exam. Suggest doing small chunks each day, so when it comes to the day before the test they’re just brushing up on the finer details.
You could help them create a revision schedule in class to ensure they’ve organised their time efficiently.
3. Break up your revision sessions
It’s always going to be tempting to send texts and share funny videos instead of revising. To combat this, advise your students to include short breaks in their revision schedule.
This will help them maintain their focus and allow them to come back to it refreshed.
4. Try using technology
There are plenty of revision apps and websites out there that can help your students during this time. Point out the most effective (and verified) ones, including:
Gamification can make revision more engaging, while tablet-based apps are much more portable and therefore give students more opportunities to revise.
5. Use past papers
Revision cards and mind maps are a good foundation, but there’s no substitute for past papers.
They’ll give your students an accurate representation of their current grades and identify areas they need to improve on.
Looking at past papers also helps students get used to the way examiners word questions and the mark schemes can shed light on what examiners might be looking for.
6. Learn by doing
Most students will remember things better by doing something physical that’s connected to the subject.
This is a great way to cement knowledge and ensure your students will remember important information when it comes to the exam.
A trip abroad could be just what your students need; with all that sensory stimulation and new opportunities for hands-on learning it could really help prepare them for their exams.
It can also relieve some of the overwhelming exam stress, so consider organising a school trip abroad today!
Do you think a school trip could help your students revise? Talk to our experts about your options.