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Revision Tips - Boosting your grades in January!

January is here and that means the exam season is six months away. Some may think that they still have a long way to go. But, hey, to achieve the top grades in your class it is now your time to prepare for those big end-of-year assessments.

Preparing your exam early can give you a headstart with revision. This can benefit you enormously as you can unpick the knowledge step-by-step rather than cramming everything into your head at the very last minute. Today, I want to share with you some of my revision tips for January revision.

1. Mindmap the knowledge

Doing a mindmap for all the knowledge you remember can be a very first step of your January revision. The mindmap doesn't have to be neat but it should include all the basic things you've studied since September. A quick sketch of the map can give you a good idea on what you remember so far and what you don't. It is a good way to screen through your knowledge and decided to be revised more what less.

A quick sketch of the mind-map for January revision tips.
A quick sketch of the mind-map

2. Make Revision Plan & List

Drafting a revision plan and revision list are probably the two most important tasks to do at the beginning of revision. A good revision list can help you break down your revision tasks into smaller, more digestible pieces so you won’t be overwhelmed by the quantity of knowledge you need to learn. Most of the schools nowadays tend to create revision lists for you. So, follow them if you have one. If not, create your own by list out of every topic you learnt or use the menu in your textbook.

A revision plan is very useful too as it can help you figure out the timings of your revision. You can put your revision slots into a timetable, so you know when to concentrate on the revision or doing something else. Colouring the timetable blocks by subject is a good way to decorate your revision plan and help you distinguish the subjects. Also, incorporating your revision list into your timetable can help you figure out what topic that you should be revising exactly.

My revision list for American History. Made using Word Document. Useful for exam studies, exam preparations.
My revision list for American History

3. Organise Your Notes

Organising notes is not just about sorting your class notes in order. What you want to achieve at the end of this process is that you can throw away your textbook but still able to recall the knowledge from what you have written down. It doesn’t mean that you need to copy out the entire textbook through. Summarise the key points and accompany them with diagrams if needed.

4. Lastly, take notes on any bits you don’t understand

Remember, January revision is not about cramming or hard-remembering of knowledge. It is about giving you the chance to go over gaps and loopholes. During your revision, highlight any bits you don’t understand and create a list. In fact, it will be handy to have a small pocket notebook next to you so you can write your questions down when you revise. At the end of each revision session, research into your questions and see if you can find out the answer by yourself. If not, go to your teachers for help.

I hope the tips above are useful to you. Let me know if you have any question about them. Good luck with your revision!

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