How To Revise For Exams | The Student Diaries #3

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So here is my 3rd installment of The Student Diaries. My 1st was my Experience with Clearing and my 2nd was How to Handle a Bad Mark if you haven’t seen them already.

Today I want to talk about revision.

Revision is very subjective so I want this post to be a lot more brief than the others because rather than being a detailed guide, this is more pointers on where your revision could, and might, take you. I don’t necessarily think it is a good idea to tell someone the ‘best’ way to revise because everyone has their own style.

Here are some of my top tips when it comes to revision and how to get the best out of it:

  1. Stick little notes up everywhere. If there is a certain maths formula, english definition or year in history that you can’t remember put it on a post it note and put it where you always see it. The fridge door, the wall in the bathroom or your wardrobe mirror – anywhere where you are guaranteed to see it everyday.
  2. Revision plan. Some people like detailed plans of everyday (i.e. What they want to cover each hour to make sure they set goals and keep on top of them) others are more suited to weekly aims (i.e. One subject a week). Either way, having a plan and setting yourself revision goals is super important.
  3. Ask friends or family to ask you questions/explain things. This is something that actually works the best for me when it comes to revision. Explaining something to somebody who has no idea is great because it allows you to go really in depth and answer questions that come from a fresh perspective at the material. Also, explaining things with somebody who knows a lot is also great because they can pick up on what you missed!
  4. Give yourself time to chill out. In that little revision plan of yours, make sure you schedule some time to just chill out. Going for walks always helps me during my summer exams so I can clear my head.
  5. Mind maps. These are an absolute God send. I use mind maps every time I revise and I find them crazy useful. I always condense them down to index cards in the last week before my exams but they are fab for getting down all the information you need and making links between them.
  6. Memory techniques. Try memory apps on your phone to keep your brain active before/during revision or look up techniques to really use all the potential that your mind has. I have three techniques I use.
    1) Sounds like/rhymes. There are mnemonics that you can use to remember harder things. For example, transcendental is pretty hard to remember as you don’t come across it every day so I use accidental to remember it and the fact that Kant made an accident with his theory – little weird but works for me!
    2) Songs. Either listen to the same songs when revising certain topics and apparently it helps you recall it better in the exam if you sing it in your head. This may be placebo but it has worked in the past for me!
    3) Place it in a room. This is quite a common memory technique that involves placing things in a room (kind of like a basic Sherlock Mind Palace) to remember it better – worth checking out!

I hope some of these were useful and that you’re enjoying this series!

If you have any revision tips, feel free to leave them below!




  1. May 13, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Great advice! I really want to do more mind maps now! And explaing it to other’s is honestly soo helpful. It’s the proof that you really know everything!
    love, elena

    • May 13, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      Exactly! Mind maps are actually reasonably fun as well if you colour code etc as opposed to looking at piles of paper! xxx

  2. May 13, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    I used to condense my set texts into mind maps and always found it really helpful to have all the themes, characters, key quotes etc. on one page. I also found the site Quizlet helpful – it’s particularly good for creating online vocab flashcards, but I also used it to learn definitions and primary/ secondary quotes off by heart for exams. I was never any good at mnemonics or rhymes as a way of memorising things though!

    • May 13, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      I haven’t heard of Quizlet – that sounds really interesting! Thank you for sharing – it’s interesting that we revise the same! xxx

      • May 13, 2017 / 7:36 pm

        It’s a handy revision tool – and free too 🙂 I also used to find reading my revision notes aloud helped me to remember them! Good luck for your exams! x

        • May 13, 2017 / 7:58 pm

          Thank you for letting me know about it! Thanks darling, I’m so nervous! xxx

  3. May 13, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    Mind maps & mnemonics were things I used a lot of too, as well as revision/flash cards –
    like a question/word on one side and the answer/corresponding word on the other, and read them yourself or better still get someone else to if you can. I almost miss revision… Almost! Good tips 🙂

    • May 13, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Ohhh yeah I know a lot of people that use both sides of them too! Hahahah, one day I might say the same but definitely not right now!! xxx

  4. May 13, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I love reading other peoples revision method to see if I do the same! xoxo

    • May 13, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      That’s exactly why I always read them too!! xxx

      • May 13, 2017 / 8:20 pm

        Haha I like your sticking things up tip I’ve not tired that before! Xoxo

        • May 13, 2017 / 8:21 pm

          It works wonders, definitely give it a go some time! xx

  5. May 13, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    When my son was revising, he turned off all electronic devices and listened to classical music…he did all right in his “A” levels too, I am pleased to say!
    What a useful post, helpful and encouraging. Lots and lots of luck for your exams, 🍀🍀🍀🍀, we’ll be thinking of you! 😺💕xxx

    • May 14, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      Classical music? That’s a good one! I have heard studies about gaming music actually being really good because it is made for you to focus too.. how interesting is that?! Ah that’s fantastic then!
      Thank you so much lovely, it will all be over soon!! xxx

  6. May 13, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    Great advice Ella! The best thing that worked for me was flashcards. I love making them, and then using them XD I’m a visual kind of learner, so this worked best. It helped me get through my education exams. It’s definitely a trial and error thing I think, to work out what helps you best revise.

    • May 14, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Thank you! Flashcards are really fab for revision, I have to agree (as I am currently writing out about 30 haha). I totally agree, it is so trial and error because everyone learns and remembers in different way! That’s why I was attempting to try and cover so many different possibilities! xxx

  7. May 14, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Thanks fir the tips Ella! Omg my exams are coming soon!!! 😅

    • May 14, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      Eeeek! Best of luck with them all!! xxx

      • May 14, 2017 / 1:33 pm

        Lol thanks Ella!!! Let’s see how I go!!! 😂

  8. May 14, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    I suck at revising! Thank you for this! Really good tips 🙂 xx

    • May 15, 2017 / 9:13 am

      It just sucks in general really, doesn’t it!! Haha, you’re totally welcome – I hope something was useful! Xx

  9. May 15, 2017 / 12:12 am

    Such a great and useful post!! Well-done 🙂

  10. May 18, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Love this ! I use quizlet to memorize but coming up with a plan is so hard

    • May 19, 2017 / 11:32 am

      It can be really difficult to make a plan but even just delegating different topics to different days is enough to ensure you focus on everything you need to! xxx

  11. June 12, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    These are really some handy tips. I really hate/hated revising. So basically I made sure I COMPLETELY understood the concepts in class. Later on, all i do is teach what I know to everyone who’ll let me (especially those who don’t have an idea of what I’m saying). I find that the more I teach it, the more it sticks.

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by! That has always worked for me too, it’s a classic and almost fool proof method for sure! xxx

      • June 12, 2017 / 4:38 pm

        Yep. No doubt about that.

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