It is that time of year – exam season!

Here are Wise Owl Learning’s revision tips to help you prepare for your important exams.

Plan ahead and be organised

Start early to avoid last minute cramming. Once you’ve got your exam dates, work backwards to plan your revision well ahead of time. The longer you give yourself, the less pressure you’ll be under throughout exam weeks and you’ll have time to focus, go over all you need to know and get assistance.

Know your subject!

Read your notes and spend time looking through past papers, Make sure you know themes, characters, topic areas you will be tested on.  Have you checked your exam board and their mark schemes and requirements? Have you answered actual exam questions?


If you know a particular topic, then relax and move on to the next.  Focus on those areas you are not sure about or need to work on.  Make notes as you go along.

Are you a morning person….

……or an evening night owl?  Time your revision so that you work when you feel most alert and without external distractions.  Have you written up a timetable to slot in all your revision sessions?

Don’t panic and rush!

Don’t think you have to revise all at once, take your time and pace yourself. Organise your revision into small 20 minutes sessions, with regular breaks to eat, drink, relax and just have some time away from it all. Be systematic and you will feel great at how much progress you are making.

Use the Internet

Of course look through all your notes and text books, but also get interactive by watching videos too.  YouTube has a mass of items to view which will help with your revision.

Make flash cards/post-it notes

Write up bitesize notes that you can look at and refer back to in a bid to make things sink in, and as an aide memoire. Even if you don’t actually use them that often, the process of making them is itself helpful in helping your memory. Stick important quotes/points around your bedroom!

Finally, try and make time to go for a walk, have some fresh air and try to relax – yes these examinations are important, but by preparing and revising in an organised and calm way, you will be able to do your very best – and that is all anybody wants!  When the actual exams arrive, have early nights and eat a good breakfast before leaving for school or college – keep hydrated throughout the day and have small snacks, e.g. a banana, to keep your energy levels boosted.

Good luck!!