Traditionally we tend to re-read notes and then write them out again. Not only is this very hard work and rather boring, but it does not give us a brief outline of a subject that we can keep revisiting on a regular basis. All too often our attention wanders and we take in very little. Getting down to this type of revision can be very off-putting.
Revision should aim to do two things:
– Identify areas of each subject that we do not fully understand in order to go back to the teacher or notes to get a further explanation
– Reduce a large topic to a small number of key words that prompt the memory and are easy to recall in an examination situation
These key words should be kept on revision cards, mind maps or diagrams and referred to regularly. It can also be helpful to write a few key facts on large sheets of paper and fix them on bedroom walls (with permission, and blutack) and replacing them each week perhaps, and you will learn them passively.
It can be very helpful for parents/friends to either revise together, preparing mind maps or notes or testing each other to ensure recall and understanding.
There are numerous ways of doing this, some ways suit individuals better than others.
Subjects like Mathematics require practice of past papers, as well as learning of facts and formulae.
It is worth noting that some people work well with a background of sound (often music) whilst for others this is a distraction.