How to Revise For GCSEs & A-Levels: The 6 Best Revision Techniques to Achieve Grade 9s and A*s

Are you looking at all your work and wishing there was an easy way to revise the content for your exams? Wish you could just plug a memory stick into your head and download your textbooks?

Well, we’re not miracle workers but we’ve compiled some of the best revision techniques to ace your exams and receive those grade 9s and A*s that you deserve.

1. Eat/sleep/revise/repeat

We’re not saying that this should be your life but it’s a surprisingly good rule to follow. When you are revising, short study sessions followed by short naps are considered one of the best ways to learn. You read that right – it’s actually beneficial to take naps. The brain processes information while sleeping, so a well-revised topic will be easier to recall if you sleep on it. Don’t fall asleep halfway through revising a topic though – this won’t have the same effect!

2. Pomodoro your way to an A

Pomo what? This is a great technique if you're having trouble concentrating. The Pomodoro method follows a basic pattern of 25 minutes studying followed by a five minute break. If you do four of these in a row, you then have a longer break. It works because you learn better in short sessions and you don’t have to punish yourself with unbroken hours of revision.

"Record yourself reading important notes and mentioning important points, listen to the recordings over and over while saying them out aloud – it will help you memorise" - Sarah Shah, Psychology BSc

3. Create Mental Assosciations

Want to know how you can improve your memory for studying? Learn how to make associations. It’s the best way to remember anything and it’s used by memory champions (yes, they do exist).

"Students should try to link new ideas to either very familiar (or very weird!) images, which makes them easier to remember when the exam is on." - Paraic Scanlon, Psychology Lecturer

A popular way of doing this is to visualise your revision into scenarios. For instance, if you do Chemistry and you need to remember the chemical formula of oxygen, you might think of mobile phone salesmen because the answer is O2. Another thing to do is to relate topics to things you enjoy, like video game characters, movie titles, books or sports players. Having trouble remembering the story of your English text? Imagine it being read out by your favourite football commentator or fictional character.

4. Chew gum and buy a weird air freshener

Nothing like a condensed milk air freshener to keep you more alert. Unfamiliar scents tend to keep you more awake as you haven’t gone nose-blind to them – perfect for those longer, more difficult revision sessions. Chewing gum is also proven to help concentration. This is, admittedly, a last resort.

5. Blurting

Blurting is a fairly new revision technique that you have probably seen all over TikTok. Write down as much information as you can remember on the chosen subject area, once you have written everything you can remember, then research the areas you missed and write those areas down to revise further. Keep doing this until you eventually remember everything on the subject area.

6. Stick to the fonts you know for your notes, unless you’re dyslexic

If you’re dyslexic, download the dyslexie font as it’s designed to be more readable for you, or use Comic Sans as it’s also easier for some people to read (despite the fact that no one likes it). Certain fonts like Arial or Times New Roman are considered the fastest fonts to read as they are most familiar to the majority of people. When it comes to fonts, familiarity equals speed, which means the font you always read and type with will be fastest for you.

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