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Unlocking the key to last-minute revision success

With GCSE season well under way, students are certain to be cramming in some essential last-minute revision.

Teenagers are offered a vast array of tips annually to support exam preparation, with many having hit the books over the Easter holidays in a bid to absorb a greater degree of knowledge.

However, recent suggestions that teenagers should consider revising for up to seven hours a day during the school break, have been met with criticism.

Former head at the prestigious Harrow School, Barnaby Lenon, wrote in a blog that pupils should study for up to 100 hours over the fortnight-long Easter holiday, to ensure they are adequately prepared.

However, with this advice labelled unachievable by many students and teachers, the question remains, what are the most effective revision methods? Here we explore the best last-minute tips to guide your teenager through their impending exams.

Create a timetable - Revision can be a daunting prospect, particularly when there are numerous subjects to study. As such, making a timetable and organising their time efficiently is crucial to ensuring focussed revision.

Topics should be divided into daily time slots, encompassing different subjects, to prevent stress and encourage greater knowledge retention. A timetable ensures that revision times are spread out, while topics requiring more attention are prioritised.

Make it fun - Revision can seem like a tedious process; however there are ways to inject some fun.

Why not forgo the notes and use flash cards, the brighter the better, to help aid revision and promote learning. Sticking these around the home could also introduce revision into their daily routine.

Watching videos, which bring their subject to life in an interactive manner, can also prove to be effective.

While mind maps are a creative tool to unlock revision success and break down key topics into bitesize chunks. And ensure they get outside - fresh air and regular walks can promote learning just as efficiently as time spent behind a school desk.

Use past papers - Past papers are an essential tool, which prepare students for both the exam subject and the format of the paper.

Exam technique is just as crucial to success as what is written, as such students should read plenty of past papers to familiarise themselves with the questions.

Many questions used in past papers are repeated frequently, therefore becoming well-versed in these can help to save time and ultimately earn marks.

Posted by: Josh Seddon

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