What is revision?

According to the Collins English dictionary revision means ‘to read things again’. This implies that you have read and understood your study material at least once prior to starting revision.


Why is revision important?

The importance of revision is twofold.

  1. It helps you to remember facts, figures,topics and methodologies that you have covered some time ago.
  2. If done correctly it will help increase your confidence and reduce anxiety – you will be well prepared for your examinations.

Effective Learning environments

Do you have a suitable space to revise?

Or does your revision space look like chaos?







Minimise distractions by trying to keep an area for learning that is:

  • Organised
  • Not cluttered
  • Equipped with everything you need
  • Peaceful
  • Free from interruptions (mobile phones etc)

Alternative spaces if you haven’t got a suitable space at home:

  • Local library or School library
  • After School revision classes
  • A friends house


Getting started

Do you know the topics you need to revise?

  • Use revision checklists
  • Use your exercise books and model answers
  • Use text books
  • Use materials produced by the exam boards
  • Use online revision tools (but make sure they are the correct ones for your exam board)
  • Ask your teachers for help on the topics you are unsure of.


Have you decided how you are going to revise?

You can’t rewrite all the notes from your Year 9, 10 and 11 work.

You need to summarise the content.

Use a variety of revision techniques

Highlight key parts of ones that are more difficult to remember

Keep persevering with the more difficult work.


Looking after yourself when revising.

Below are a number of websites to help you manage your stress during exams:

Student Minds

Dealing with exam stress

Help your child beat exam stress – NHS

Exam stress and pressure – Childline

14 ways to beat exam stress – Mind

Exam stress and anxiety – Anxiety UK

Exam Stress – Family Lives

Helping kids cope with exam stress

Looking after yourself during your GCSEs – A guide for pupils by  Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Different websites to help with your revision