March 15, 2024

Mastering Your Revision: Essential Tips for Student Success 

From Notes to Knowledge – how to make it all stick 

As we move closer to the start of the main exam season and mocks for Year 10 and 12, the importance of effective revision strategies is clear.  Our Head of Sixth Form has gathered some invaluable revision tips to share with you, aimed at helping make the time spent revising be as effective as possible. 

Here is a useful guide from a university (revision-guide-2024-10-133536850598730379.pdf ( and a revision masterclass that students can sign up for (Microsoft Virtual Events Powered by Teams). 

Tip #1: Create a Revision Timetable 

A well-structured revision timetable can be a game-changer.  It helps students manage their time efficiently, ensuring that all subjects receive adequate attention.  Allocate more time to challenging subjects and remember to include short breaks to keep fresh and focused.  A brand new tool for painless planning is here, produced by an organisation highly rated by the Sixth Form. 

To access the below Revision Planner tool, click on the image below:

Tip #2: Active Learning is Key 

Passive reading is rarely effective.  Really engage with the material actively by making notes, using flashcards, creating mind maps, or teaching the content to someone else.  These techniques can significantly improve memory retention and understanding. 

Tip #3: Practice with Past Papers 

Familiarity with the format and types of questions asked in exams can greatly reduce exam stress.  Practising with past papers under timed conditions not only aids time management during exams but also helps in identifying areas that need more focus. 

Tip #4: Create a Distraction-Free Study Environment 

A quiet, well-organised study space can enhance concentration and efficiency.  Consider how to keep the study area free of distractions such as putting mobile phones on ‘do not disturb’ mode and taking off social media apps temporarily.  Sometimes, a change of scenery, like a library or a quiet café, can also rejuvenate study enthusiasm. 

Tip #5: Self Care 

Never underestimate the power of good nutrition, adequate sleep, and regular exercise to keep energy levels high and minds sharp.  Looking after yourself in this way is also key for stress management.  

Here to help 

Lastly, a reminder to all students that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it.  Whether it’s seeking clarification from a teacher, discussing a topic with peers, or sharing concerns with parents, communication is key to overcoming obstacles. 

We believe these tips will empower our students to approach their studies with a renewed sense of purpose and resilience. As always, we are here to support our Hollygirt families every step of the way.