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Top tips for exam success

In just over a month’s time this year’s GCSE exams will begin. Let’s face it, most people don’t like exams but whether you’ve been revising for months or are cramming in your study now. our revision tips can help you through the exam period.

Stay rested and eat well

Make time to rest, relax, eat and sleep. If you’re running on empty and are tired you won’t be able to revise effectively or recall information in your exam. Make sure that you have a nutritious and well-balanced breakfast and lunch to keep you going through the day.

Sleep is important too. When you relax and sleep you give your brain time to reset, ready for the next day’s study or exam. Remember that what you eat and drink can affect how you sleep. Try to avoid too many caffeinated drinks and avoid them completely from late afternoon to help you to drop off more easily when you go to bed.

Screens can also affect how you sleep. The blue light from phones, tablets, laptops and TV can stop you from getting a good night’s rest. Try to limit the amount of time you spend on screens in the two hours before you want to go to sleep.

Exercise, for your body not just your mind

You will retain information much better if you take regular breaks from revision, rather than sitting hunched over a laptop and books for hours on end.

Get up and take breaks every half an hour or so. Have a walk around, let your eyes focus on things in the distance and, if you can, try to fit in some exercise each day. Even a brisk 30 minute walk which gets your heart rate up will get your circulation going and stop you from feeling as sluggish.

Change up your revision

Doing a range of different things will help your revision.

  • Draw colourful learning maps
  • Do lots of past papers
  • Make summary notes
  • Ask your family or friends to quiz you on different topics
  • Leave sticky notes around the house
  • Don’t just read your notes: write them out
  • Mix up your learning: listen to podcast, watch videos and documentaries, do online quizzes, or simply move to a different room to study in.

Give it all you’ve got!

Good luck in all of your exams.

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