How to remember revision - our expert tips!

Our top tips to help your revision sink in so you can ace your exams!

Do you find yourself struggling to remember your revision? You're not alone. 

Many students face challenges when it comes to retaining information during their study sessions. However, there are practical techniques you can use to improve your memory and make your revision more effective.

Here are some of our top tips on how to help you remember your revision and ace your exams!

Ways to remember revision

Are you ready to supercharge your memory and make the most out of your revision sessions? Here are some practical strategies to help you remember your revision:

  • Break it down: Begin by breaking down your revision material into smaller, manageable chunks. This approach makes it easier to digest information and prevents overwhelm. Take a look at our getting started with revision guide for even more tips!

  • Different techniques: Experiment with different revision techniques to find what works best for you. Whether it's flashcards, mind maps, or summarising notes, discover the methods that help you retain information effectively. We’ve put together a handy guide to revision techniques if you want to learn more! 

  • Create a timetable: Organise your revision schedule by creating a structured timetable. Allocate specific time slots for each subject and topic, ensuring comprehensive coverage of your syllabus. We have yet another handy guide for you, this time on creating a GCSE revision timetable!

Struggling to apply these revision methods or develop your own? Try our online tuition and get personalised guidance tailored to your learning style (remember to check with a parent or guardian first!).

Other techniques to help memorise revision

In addition to traditional revision methods, why not try some lesser-known techniques to enhance your memory retention? Here are a few alternative strategies to try:

  • The Pomodoro technique: Break your study sessions into shorter, focused intervals, typically 25 minutes long, followed by a short break. This method helps improve concentration and prevents burnout. We’ve put together a more detailed guide on the Pomodoro Timer for you to learn more.

  • Visualisation: Visualise complex concepts or information by creating mental images or diagrams. This technique can make abstract ideas more tangible and memorable.

  • Teaching others: Share what you've learned with friends, family members, or even a pet. Explaining concepts to others helps reinforce your understanding and improves retention.

  • Active recall: Test yourself regularly on the material you've studied without referring to your notes. This active engagement strengthens your memory and reinforces learning.

Why am I struggling to remember my revision?

There are a few reasons you might be struggling to remember your revision. For example, you might actually be studying for too long without giving yourself proper time to rest and let the information sink in. 

Here are a few more common reasons your revision may not be sinking in:

  • Lack of sleep: Not getting enough sleep can impair cognitive function and memory, making it harder to retain information from your revision sessions.

  • Poor nutrition: A balanced diet plays a crucial role in brain health and cognitive function. Consuming nutrient-rich foods can enhance memory and concentration.

  • Stress and anxiety: High levels of stress or anxiety can interfere with memory formation and recall. Finding healthy coping mechanisms and relaxation techniques can help alleviate these symptoms. If you’re having a really hard time, talk to a parent or guardian - they may be able to help you talk to a mental health specialist that can help you. 

  • Distractions: External distractions, such as noise or digital devices, can disrupt concentration and impair memory retention during revision sessions.

Can tuition help with revision?

If you’re really struggling with getting your revision to sink in, tuition can be an absolute game changer. Even just one hour a week of tuition can help significantly! 

Our expert tutors provide personalised guidance and support to help you develop effective revision techniques. Whether you're preparing for GCSE maths exams or 11 Plus exams, our tutors can assist you in identifying areas for improvement and mastering key concepts.

With these expert tips and the support of our tutors, you'll be well-equipped to remember your revision and excel in your exams. Start implementing these strategies today and watch your revision retention soar!

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