How to revise effectively

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You’re probably here because you’ve started revising and have realised that nothing is sticking. You’ve been trying to read a page in your textbook for the past hour and still have no idea what it said. You need to know how to revise properly, so it actually stays in your head. So to help you on your way to exam success, here’s our step by step guide to revise effectively backed up by students, experts and the glorious internet. Enjoy! (As much as you can enjoy revising).

Step 1: Find your learning type

There’s a golden way to revise for everyone and we’re going to help you find it. Just take our quiz to find out how you should revise. We’ve even put some top tips together and some revision don’ts. To revise effectively, our best advice is to try a lot of different techniques and see what works for you. Revising using just one technique is the quickest route to mental fatigue, so take a look at some of the other learning types and see if any of the revision tips interest you. 

Step 2: Learn some revision techniques

We’ve gathered some of the best revision techniques based on science, which take advantage of the weird ways our brain works. The Pomodoro technique for example keeps you motivated by getting you to focus for short periods and rewarding you with a break. It’s a much better way to revise than  trying to revise for 10 hours and spending six of those on your phone. Check out the Pomodoro technique below and watch our other revision techniques on how to remember everything for the exam and the best studying habit to improve revision recall.

Step 3: Know how much revision should you do a day?

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Planning is the key to revising effectively, and to do that you’ll need to know how much time you should be spending on revision. Too much time spent at the desk increases your risk of burning out, whereas too little time hitting the books means your brain won’t be able to remember the important details. Take a look at our video guide to managing your time.

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Step 4: Learn how to revise in a week

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Not just one for the crammers, our advice on how to revise in a week is also good guide if you want to spend a week focusing on one or two topics. It’s full of top tips, student advice and some science from one of our very own psychology lecturers Paraic Scanlon. In the article, we demystify all-nighters, highlighting and multi-tasking, allowing you to focus on more reliable ways to get a lot of revision done in a short amount of time. 

Bonus tip

How to revise effectively if you’re a night owl

You envy those perky students who leap out of bed and skip to the library every morning (do these people actually exist?!). But as a night owl you just can't seem to do anything, until much, much later in the day. When you get most of your focus and energy at night, it can be a difficult challenge if you've got 9am classes. If that sounds like you then take a look at our guide on how to revise effectively as a night owl, including tips on planning your day, making the afternoons work for you and more. 

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