Exam time is rapidly approaching.

At this time of year two of our most regularly asked questions are; When to start revision and how to revise effectively?

When to start revision

The timing of when to start revising can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the length and complexity of the material to be revised, the individual’s learning ‘style’ and pace, and the amount of time available.
In general, we recommend you start revising well in advance of any exams or assessments. This allows for a more thorough and effective revision process, as well as providing time for any areas of weakness to be identified and addressed.
As a general guideline, it’s a good idea to begin revising at least several weeks before any exams or assessments, with regular review sessions leading up to the exam. However, it’s important to also be flexible and adjust the timing as needed based on individual circumstances and requirements.

How to revise effectively


There are several effective methods for revision, and the best one will depend the individual’s preferences. Here are some common methods we recommended:
1. Active recall: This involves actively recalling information from memory, rather than simply reviewing notes or textbooks. Examples include flashcards, practice questions, and summarising key concepts in your own words.
2. Spaced repetition: This method involves reviewing material at increasing intervals, with more frequent reviews of material that is more difficult or that you struggle with.
3. Interleaving: This involves alternating between different topics or subjects during revision sessions, rather than focusing on one topic for an extended period of time. This can help to prevent boredom and increase retention.
4. Practice testing: This involves testing yourself on material, either through practice questions or mock exams. This can help to identify areas of weakness and improve retention.
5. Collaborative revision: This involves studying with others, either in person or online. This can help to reinforce learning and provide opportunities for discussion and clarification of concepts.
It’s worth noting that a combination of these methods is often the most effective approach to revision. Experiment with different methods to find the ones that work best for you, and be willing to adjust your approach as needed based on your progress and results.

We can help

If you require some more help why not try our study skills course.