6 revision tips to pass your exam

6 conseils de révision pour réussir ton examen

Recently, I have written a post where I gave you 6 tips to learn efficiently. If you have not read it yet, I advice you to read it now because today’s blogpost is in the continuation of what I said. In fact, firstly you have to learn your lesson and then you have to revise it. I am sorry but no, you can not revise something you have not learnt yet. So let’s get started and I hope it will help you, enjoy!

1. Be autonomous and make plans

Each week, you have to make plans and to be organised, in other words you have to distribute your hours on a timetable. This is pretty simple and I assure you that it has changed my life and I know that it can also change yours. There is a time for everything and you can distinguish few categories of things to plan. Firstly, you have to put down your classes hours, then you have to plan time to do your homeworks, time to do revisioncards, time to repass briefly your lessons, time to revise and of course, time to have fun and relax such as doing sports or hobbies. Generally, the number of hours you spend in class has to be the same number of hours you spend working at home.

And if you want to pass your exam, do not wait for your teacher or your parents to tell you it is time to work. You have to be autonomous and to know when you have to work and how you have to learn your lessons. Oh, and do not forget to start revising early. Your timetable help you to plan your revisions and stick to it. The secret is simply organisation.
Another tip: do not repass your lesson just before the exam. By doing so, you will mix up all the informations you have learnt and you will certainly be more stressed out. You have to revise regularly and not at the last hour and if you can, have a break the day before the exam.

2. Master your lesson

It is pretty obvious, but you have to understand the subject your lesson deals with. If you do not understand your lesson, you can not make revision cards -or well, you can make them actually but they will not be that efficient- you can not do exercices to train yourself and you can not pass the exam. I am afraid this is the only truth: you have to learn and to master your lesson in order to success your exam.

You must have to know how to define the important notions or concepts of your lesson and you have to master what you are speaking about. Do not lose your time in order to learn your lesson by heart because it is better to understand and to reexplain the subject in your own words. In fact, you will be able to remember it for a long time.

3. Exercice you

I do not really know if this is a part of the learning process or the revision process, maybe it is both. When you are learning your lesson, you have to do exercices in order to apply your lesson and understand why you have to know this lesson and how to use it – yep, I wrote 3 times the world ‘lesson’ in this sentence-. Then, when you are revising, you have to do exercices in order not to forget what you have learnt. So do a lot of exercices and do them again if necessary, just keep training yourself!

4. Share

You are surely wondering why I advice you to share with people when you are revising your lesson. Well, I think we can remember things easier when we speak about these things with other people. You can ask questions to your teachers if you do not have understand something, they are there to help you.

Or you can also work with your classmate(s). For example, you can ask questions test to each other. It is funnier to revise a lesson with someone you appreciate since there is a better atmosphere. But, be careful and do not chat about something else if you have not finished your revision yet!
You can also join or create a group on facebook in order to share some documents or some ideas about the lesson with your classmates.

5. Take short break

Have a break of ten minutes every hour. It is very important not to overwork. Get yourself some drinks and some snacks, and relax yourself by watching youtube videos, by stretching, by looking through the window or I do not know, just do something in order to breathe a little before revising again.

6. Relax and sleep

Go easy on yourself, do not work too hard. You have to put limits to yourself and keep time to breathe. Do not forget your hobbies and keep time to do things you like!

Sleep is also very important. I advice you to fix yourself a time to stop revising. For example, I generally stop revising at 7:30 pm or 8pm at the latest. But it depends on how many work you have to do, on when you come back home and others things so that I let you chose your limit.

Another quick tip: during the exam, do not answer the questions you do not know the anwser: you will gain time to anwser firstly the questions dealing with something you master.

Good luck for your exam!
In French we say ‘Bonne chance pour ton examen!’

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