So, seems as though I do so much, I thought I would share what I do with my readers. Now, I'm not saying that my revision techniques will work for everyone, each person has their different methods and blah de blah, but, I have to say that I use a lot of techniques, and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. Mindmaps, essays, videos, memorising, drawing, doodling, writing lines... I've even made a revision hat about static electricity... you name it, I've probaby done it at some point in my 16 years on this planet.
I'm going to try and do a series of posts aimed at different subjects, as we've all got a mental variety of subjects on our hands usually. More so if you're doing GCSE as you've got up to 10 different subjects to revise at any one time. Obviously I don't have any experience in revision from A-level and up, but I'm sure that I'll continue to apply the techniques I explain today as I continue to 'work my way up' this country's education system.
Today I'm going to be covering science, and the revision I've photographed specifically is my Triple Science Biology (and a lil bit of chemistry) revision. The unit is B7 and I'm doing OCR 21st Century if any of you are interested in the exam board.
So, without further or do... (I keep saying that recently, I need to stop and evaluate my exceedingly awful use of clichés).
2) Try and summarise double spreads of textbooks, in one page. The page on the left here is a summary of one double page in a textbook and a little bit more, and the page on the right is actually a summary of two double page spreads. Don't just copy out of the textbook, condense things down again and again and again until you have everything you need, just without the added jargon that will never ever get you any extra marks.
3) Be colourful. In science revision the worst thing you can do is write our 10 pages of notes with only your trusty BIC biro. Invest in some coloured pens! I personally love using staedtler (is that how you spell it? weird) 0.3mm triplus fineliners for writing, their broader triplus colouring in pens for, er, colouring in and their ergosoft pencils for shading and random things here and there. You can usually get all 3 in a bumper pack on amazon fairly cheap (under £30) and they last forever (I've had mine 2 years now and they are nowhere near running out, which is amazing when you see just how much I use them).
4) Draw diagrams! Always draw diagrams, it's so surprising how much you remember in an exam from drawing diagrams. And don't forget to label them! I know teachers always nag your butt off to do it, but it really does matter 'what bone is that one?' or 'what type of bond is that?'.
6) Make a table. Table's are so underrated these days on the revision front. You do them all the time in class experiments, but when it comes to going back through your confused scribbles that are class notes, the table is your friend. If you know the main topics and the subheadings, you can make a table to organise pretty much any information.
7) Don't be scared to rotate the page. A page doesn't have a right way up, or a right shape come to think of it! I've made many a revision poster in the shape of a circle/heart/triangle/rhino (yes, a rhino), and there is nothing to stop you from trying it either.
8) The cloud is your companion in science. This is just a cute little way tot organise revision, it works every time and makes normal paragraphs look 10 times cuter, and 10 times more snazzy.
9) Be chronological. This is so important. You're never going to cover everything you need to if you're jumping about from each subject! In science, each topic leads on to the next, so do it in order for god's sake man!
10) And last but definitely not least, the mini diagram. This is also a fantastic way to remember things in exams. Be sure to colour code and group similar diagrams together like above for maximum revision staying power!
I hope this helps at least one of you to revise better, or has just simply helped you see that revision shouldn't be a chore ALL the time, and it can be enjoyable a lot of the time if you're into illustrating, getting creative or simply think that you're really funny (like me, obviously).
As per, I'd love your feedback, and if you in turn have any revision tips- please suggested them below in a comment! The kookier and crazier the better! Also, if you have a subject suggestion, as long as I'm currently studying it, I'll consider it!