Five tips for optimising revision

Posted on 31st Jan 2019 in School News, China

Students at Yew Chung International School of Beijing recently took part in a study skills workshop led by educational expert Lance King. During the workshop, students learned how understanding yourself is the first step in mastering revision. Luli Podesta and Charlie Leung, both in Year 8, share their tips from the workshop.

Are you a visual or a verbal learner?

One of the first things that Lance covered with us was whether we are verbal or visual learners. We took a test to help us decipher which side we fall on. There are lots of similar tests online which might help you work out what suits you best.

Use the right materials for you

If you are a verbal learner, you might find it helpful to make lists and read and write out your notes. Visual learners find pictures, diagrams and colours helpful for their learning and revision. Make sure you have the materials to suit you, and make a habit of using them when you complete assignments and revise.

Create a perfect study environment

Everyone is different when it comes to a study environment. Some people like to work alone in a quiet place like their bedroom. Some like to work as a group and be surrounded by other people. It’s important to work out which of these is best for you, and then recreate that environment every time you need to work and revise.

What helps you concentrate?

It’s also good to think about what else helps you concentrate. Some of us listen to music when we work but some people need complete quiet. There’s no right or wrong way – it’s just about understanding yourself.

Make a checklist and timetable

Organisation and time management is sometimes the last thing you think about. But actually it should the first. You should try to keep a timetable for the whole school year – noting assignment due dates, opportunities to catch up and revise, teacher availability and exam dates.

This is especially important when you receive your exam timetable. Make a checklist of everything you need to do to prepare. Then create a revision timetable based on the order of your exams and how much time you need to prepare for each one. This will help you stay cool as exams approach.