REVISION HACKS FOR GCSE, A-LEVEL…

DID YOU KNOW THAT NEW TIMES ROMAN IS THE EASIEST AND FASTEST FONT TO READ? ARE YOU AWARE OF THE POWER OF CHEWING GUM FOR BOOSTING CONCENTRATION? HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT BOOSTING MEMORY?

Follow these simple tips and others in order to revise ‘smarter, not harder’…a stupid saying which deeply pains me to say (type) the said words but unfortunately it happens to be true.

You (yes, you, my non-existent reader I do(n’t) currently own) may perceive some to be trivial and blatantly obvious but trust me- I myself have just sat 23 consecutive examinations and appear to still be alive and jolly- so my advice, if nothing else, is utterly honest (kind of). So tip number one coming up…*nervous awaiting*

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  • TIP NUMBER ONE– Don’t re-write the book. 

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THE WRONG WAY!

Yes, that’s great, you have re-written the entire book…some of which is (optimistically) in your brain but: (1) it took you 3 days to write, (2) you have used 2 of your favourite pens to do it, and (3) your time is actually more efficiently spend just by reading the bloody book.

Just reading the book (or whatever form the information be in) in front of you will save you a SHED LOAD of time. No- the information may not totally go in first time, but think: it takes you a maximum of 5 hours to read the book. It took you 3 days to write it. That is equivalent to 72 hours of non-stop writing. Within those 72 hours you could have read the book a total of just over 14 TIMES!! And by then, believe me, you’ll have nailed it.

I HIGHLY recommend too, reading aloud. Teaching your dog, cat, parrot, mother…whatever. It helps.


  • TIP NUMBER TWO- POST-ITS

1So basically revision cards.  Select a very small area- limit yourself to a maximum of 7 words- paraphrase. Then write it. Read through these before bed, over dinner, when you get a second.

Write a question. Test yourself. It’s the only real way to find out what you know, and what you don’t. Moreover DON’T BUY REVISION CARDS!! It is a heck of a lot cheaper to purchase a pack of post-it notes. Trust me.

A handy trick is with the small thin rectangular Post-it Notes. If you fold just the corner of the note down, you will be able to write your question on the visible part of the note, and scribble the answer on the under side of the folded down corner…then you can easily test yourself. Too you can stick these onto A3 paper and make an outrageously marvellous display…(as above).


THE FOLLOWING ARE A LITTLE MORE CREATIVE AND PERHAPS A LITTLE MORE ‘FUN’ (HAHA- FUN. & REVISION. NO.) SO HERE GOES…


  • TO MAKE YOUR NOTES NEATER- IMAGINE YOU ARE MAKING THEM FOR SOMEONE ELSE

This way neatness is of compulsion, not choice. Hence reading back through the works of art will be all the more enjoyable…and fun. 

 

  • FAST READING- USE NEW TIMES ROMAN

This saves yet more time, if you are to type out the notes rather than writing them, and using New Times Roman means you are just that liiiiiiiiittle bit faster. 

 

  • STAY ALERT AND AWAKE- SPRAY AN UNFAMILIAR SCENT

Weird as it may seem- it is scientifically proven to prevent the tugging and tight grips of sleep and drowsiness pulling you to surrender. And that means more juicy info into your expanding brain.

 

  • REVISING IN DIFFERENT PLACES- THIS HELPS TO RETAIN KNOWLEDGE AND IMPROVE MEMORY 

Avoid sitting in the same spot day-in-day-out. This will bore you, and if your bored, lets face it…your stuffed. So sit outside, stroll the landing. Go to a friends house…or even the dreaded LIBRARY!

 

  • FACT: CHEWING GUM ACTUALLY BOOSTS CONCENTRATION

It’s proven, its true, it works. Go to Tescos.

 

  • SAY ALL ALOUD

Mentioned earlier..but hearing the words you are trying to learn and going through the motions of speaking them means you are more likely to remember them next time you see them. Science and stuff.

 

  • THE HARDEST PART OF REVISION IS STARTING- So get the hell up and do it…QUICK!!



So there you have it, numerous revision tips to aid your quest to success. I hope this has aided my millions of (non-living, non-breathing) readers who take (no) interest in my teachings. *Sigh*. Anyway, so… yeah. Bye.

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