It's that time again, the annual blog on revision....there's no point me writing it, I'm a teacher and why would anyone listen to me!?! So I've roped in an expert...Ross is a year 14 student I guess, deciding to go back after year 13 to improve on two of his A level grades...much respect there! I asked him, in hindsight what advice would he give his 'year 13 self' and here it is...
"There are many things in which I have learned. Mainly how different revision techniques suit different people so when revising you should take this into account and use a variety of methods. Even if you have found a technique which you find does work very well for your learning. It is still important to add a variety of methods as makes revision less repetitive and re enforces your learning significantly.
Revision in my opinion is made a lot more efficient by applying small amounts of pressure and having something to work towards. The best way I have found to create these conditions is to set timers of your phone and time both the length of time you revise for and the length of your breaks this will also reassure you that you at the end of a revision day.
Finally, past papers when coupled with checking the mark schemes once you have finished the paper is, for me, by far the best way to revise. This is due to the fact it will allow you to understand fully what the examiner is asking for in your answers. This means in future, your answers can be as condensed as possible and save time in future past papers and in the actual exam. It is also helpful to redo these past papers after looking through the mark scheme as it will allow you to write with all the knowledge so you can focus more heavily on how you are writing the questions instead of the accuracy of the knowledge in the questions."