What's your learning type and tips for tailored techniques

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Don’t know how to start your revision and getting bored too quickly? Can’t decide whether to create a tapestry of mind maps or work your way through a mountain of textbooks?

Don’t panic – 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.

Now you know the learning type that fits your personality, take a look at our alternative revision tips and tricks to help you ace your exams.

The Epic Doodler

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You remember things better when you see something visual which explains the topics you’re studying. You may already use things like mind maps to revise, but why not try these other revision tips:

  • Draw your own diagrams, cartoons or illustrations to remember big or difficult topics.
  • Watch a video or documentary on the topic.
  • You can’t draw everything – add smaller doodles to your notes.
  • Find infographics, posters and other visual resources online to help you (just check they’re correct and agree with your textbook).
And be careful not to:
  • Get distracted. The epic doodler is quite creative and maybe more prone to distractions. Make sure you’re funnelling the creativity into the revision.
  • Spend too much time looking for visual sources if they’re too hard to find – sometimes you just have to go through revision one sentence at a time.
  • Spend too long making your notes look nice! Put more effort into the topics you’re struggling with.

The Podcaster

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You’re the type that learns best with discussion and probably someone who can pick up the lyrics to their favourite songs rather quickly. You might already discuss topics with your friends or be part of study groups, but these tips are also worth a try:

  • Teach someone. This involves discussion, understanding and interpretation, and is an ideal way for any type of learner to remember their topics.
  • Use audiobooks or podcasts based on the topic (there are a lot of these for English and science subjects).
  • Recite what you know about a topic when you’re doing other things that don’t take much thought, like washing up for instance. We recommend you explain this one to your parents first so they don’t think you’ve been replaced by a robot that’s memorised the A Level syllabus.
And be careful not to:
  • Turn study groups into catch ups – having a bit of fun helps but the study group should help you revise, not distract you.
  • Give into your phone. There are lots of apps out there to lock your phone down (we’ve highlighted some in our procrastination busting guide), but even some of those allow you to call and text. Leave your phone with someone else or in another room to stay focused.

The Genuine Classic

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You love classic revision methods. Old fashioned written notes are for you, but try these tricks to save you time and help with the boredom:

  • Post-it notes. Everywhere!
  • Flash cards. For the epic note taker, these smaller cards help you focus on what’s important.
  • Make a cheat sheet – write down essential facts and answers to things that are worrying – condense it down so it can fit on a single sheet of A4.
  • The Cornell note taking method is the holy grail of note efficiency and a great way to keep entire subjects on one page for easy reference. Take an A4 page and split it into three sections: a section for the main idea or key question in the left margin, a section for the important notes in the main body of the page, and finally, section off the bottom of the page for your main summarised points.
And be careful not to:
  • Get bogged down with all the notes. Revising using just technique is the quickest route to mental fatigue. It’s harder to stay focused when your revision is based on endless reading, so take a look at our revision hacks to see what you can try to keep you focused and alert.
  • Take the same notes over and over again. You can only write so much on the same topic before you stop engaging with it. Make summary sheets and colour code to make your notes valuable.
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