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How to manage your exam revision

Our tips will help you to tackle exam stress, create a revision plan, and perform at your best.

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Plan your sessions

Break your topics down into manageable chunks and work out a logical order in which to tackle each section. You might want to prioritise harder subjects – or those you're less familiar with – first, before looking at the subjects that you're more confident on.

Write down the dates of your exams and prioritise your revision on the subjects that you'll be examined on first.

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Acknowledge progress

Ticking off sessions will show that you're making progress – use websites like Get Revising to build a personalised timetable.

Take regular breaks and give yourself time to relax and refocus away from your study space. If you’re stuck in a rut, try revising with friends and challenging each other with past papers.

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Work in the right space

Find somewhere quiet to work, where you won't be disturbed – whether that's at home, a library, or a café. Sunlight is a proven mood booster so, when the sun shines, find a quiet spot outside to study.

Keep your workspace organised, so you know where everything is. Find the 'thing' that helps you learn – whether it’s drawing, making mind maps or creating flashcards.

Look after yourself

Here are five ways to practise self-care during the exam period.

  • Take breaks

    Enjoy a coffee, meditate, or go for a walk – whatever you fancy, time away from your books (and screen) will help you refocus and improve your concentration levels when you get back to work.

  • Sleep well

    Eight hours of sleep will leave you refreshed and ready to learn. If you work better first-thing in the morning or late at night, compensate by getting an early night or allowing yourself a lie-in.

  • Stay hydrated

    Dehydration can reduce memory function, slow cognition and cause issues with focusing. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy meals.

  • Keep in touch

    Whether it's a quick cuppa or a lunch date, spending time with others is a great way to take your mind off work.

  • Get moving

    Exercise helps with fatigue and stress – so get out there. Sunlight is a proven mood booster too, so when the sun shines, go and enjoy it.

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