Alex Dyer Discusses Revision Tips on ITV’s Good Morning Britain
Well done Alex, you held yourself well in the interview!
Well done Alex, you held yourself well in the interview!
February 1, 2015
With the festive period over and the return back to School, it is full steam ahead in the lead up to exams which are only months away. So why not give yourself the best possible chance of success and devise a winning revision schedule. Tutor House has put together a few points to help you formulate your perfect timetable:
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April 10, 2014
The lure of procrastination is a danger to students everywhere – that productive study sessions can quickly turn into hours of surfing the net, watching TV, or finally deciding to finish your household chores. In short, any excuse is used to put off revision.
To prevent procrastination, you need a proactive approach. If your revision is to be a success, consider implementing the following 5 tips. You’ll soon find you have plenty of time to get your work done and have a little fun as well.
No, this isn’t an excuse to hang out with your friends. Instead of picking your favourite people, opt for a selection of students that are up for being productive. In many ways joining a study group is similar to private tuition, as it allows discussions to be had and ideas to bounce off one another.
The reason this works so well is that you’ll feel motivated by seeing others put in the work as well. In addition, you can get your hands on their notes, their brains, and their company to make sure you don’t get lonely (and distracted!).
When you feel like the pressure is on and time running out, the last thing you want to do is add more tasks. That’s why many people forego spending time on creating a to-do list, which throws organisation into disarray. Distractions become easy options when we’re not quite sure what we’re meant to be doing.
To-do lists don’t need to be detailed schedules of our study plans. They just need to be quick and dirty, easy to follow and simple to put together in just a few minutes. Checking off what you need to do will make the process more enjoyable, organised, and effective.
Many students that have wasted their time procrastinating will try and abolish all breaks. Unfortunately, this is simply untenable and usually leads to procrastination. That’s why it’s so important to give yourself a break every hour or so.
This reinvigorates your body and mind, giving you plenty of energy to tackle more revision without getting distracted. It also gives you something to look forward to, allowing you to focus until that time comes.
The web offers a wide range of study benefits, having the information of the world at your fingertips. However, students will usually opt for funny YouTube videos instead of revision material.
That’s why you need to turn all of these distractions OFF. Your Internet connection, iPad and smartphone should pose no danger if they’re not connected to the rest of the world.
There’s a reason you want to revise in the first place – and that’s the role your revision plays in achieving your goals. Whether you’re looking to improve your job prospects or trying to get the marks to get yourself into a specific University, revision has a very important part in making things happen in your life.
Think about those goals when you start your day or when you find yourself tempted by the various distractions. Consider how wasting time doing these things will ultimately affect you, despite the short-term fun you may be having while watching TV or checking out Facebook.
Ultimately, it all comes down to taking appropriate action. You’ll never completely eradicate procrastination. After all, you’re human – over time, however, you can train yourself to become a very effective revision machine.
April 21, 2017
There is still lots you can do in the lead up to your A-Level or GCSE examinations to help you with your revision and to feel better prepared and more confident come exam day.
Those last few weeks leading up to your exam are a crucial period where you still have plenty of time to get organised and design workable strategies for your revision, as well as practice your exam technique, and prepare for the day itself.
So what should you be doing now to boost your revision and make it as effective as possible? Here are some useful tips:
If you started off with a well-planned out revision timetable and managed to stick to it then that’s all well and good. However, let’s be honest, for many students other things may have gotten in the way, causing them to fall behind! If this sounds like you, don’t panic! Take another look at your revision timetable, calculate what time you have left and what still needs to be done, and adjust it accordingly.
You may need to cram in a few more hours here and there, but it will be so worth it to feel calm and prepared when you come to sit your exam!
If you know there are certain subjects or topics you struggle with make sure you leave more time to revise these ones so you can fully get to grips with them without feeling rushed or putting too much pressure on yourself.
It can be really difficult working in an environment that’s not comfortable. Find a quiet, clear space to do you revision and ask family and friends not to disturb you while you are working. Try to leave distracting gadgets such as phones out of the room until you’ve finished your revision and only check them when you are having a break.
By now you should have a better understanding of which revision techniques work best for you. Do you enjoy working alone or find you love bouncing ideas off friends? Do you need total silence or do you like to talk out loud to help information sink in? Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer reading and writing things down to best keep hold of the facts?
Discovering your optimum revision techniques will ensure you have productive and thorough revision sessions. If you aren’t sure, the VARK model can help you understand what type of learner you are and how best you should structure your revision.
Taking regular breaks is so important when it comes to revision, particularly as the stress builds up when you are counting down the days until your exam!. If you try to do too much all at once you’ll burn yourself out and end up doing less overall.
Making time to relax and unwind is also crucial- if you find yourself getting too stressed out or feeling overwhelmed why not take a walk or try meditating to clear your head?
It’s also important to stay healthy and get plenty of sleep when you are revising too – this will keep both your mind and body in tip top condition and functioning at their best before and during the exam.
Revision is pretty tough and it can be hard to stay disciplined. Make revision goals and milestones and make sure that you reward yourself when you achieve them. This will help keep you motivated.
Rewards can be small like having a cuppa and a biscuit when you have gotten through a few chapters of your revision or got all the answers on your question cards correct, or large such as a night out with friends if you hit all your revision targets by the end of the week.
Good revision is all about being prepared and disciplined. At the end of the day, it’s up to the individual to take charge of their revision and in doing so you give yourself the very best chance of success.
If you need some help with your last minute revision, hiring a private tutor can help. A private tutor will help devise a fantastic revision programme, help you with difficult subjects and advise you on how best to prepare for exams. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, experienced Tutor get in touch with our friendly team today!