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How to Revise

Exam time can be a very stressful. These days there seems to be so much pressure to succeed and get good grades. Sometimes it’s best not to worry but to find a way to make the best of your abilities.  Select Tutors realise that with steady support on a one to one basis, students may be able to improve their abilities and understanding of their subjects. We can’t promise that you will pass every subject, but we do aim to help you to do as well as you can.

With so much importance put on how well you do at school and in exams these days, the extra support provided by one of our experienced home tutors might be just what you need to help improve your grades. If you are thinking of getting a personal tutor for home tuition, don’t leave it too late. We believe that the longer you work towards improving your abilities, the better your chance of getting the results you really want. Here's some advice to help you get the most out of your revision time.

DO's

  • Try to work to a revision timetable - start planning well before exams begin - your teacher or tutor should be able to help you with this.
  • Make your books, notes and essays more user-friendly with summary notes, headings, sub-headings, highlighting and revision cards. Try using key words or spider charts. Get tips on other revision techniques from teachers and friends - do what works for you.
  • Everyone revises differently - find out what routine suits you best - alone or with a friend; morning, afternoon or evening; short, sharp bursts or longer revision sessions.
  • If you intend to revise for a long session, separate it into several shorter periods, say 50 minutes each, and have a short break, perhaps 10 minutes, before resuming.  When you restart, spend the first few minutes going over again the work you revised in the previous period(s). 
  • Take notes of important points when revising as an aid for future revision or if you need to clarify something with a teacher. Try explaining the answers to tricky questions to someone else, or look at past exam papers and try answering some of the questions.
  • Ask for help if there are things you don't understand. If you're feeling stressed out, talk to someone. Consider whether you need a tutor to help you with your work at home.

DON'Ts

  • Don't leave revision to the last minute.
  • Don't avoid revising subjects you don't like or find difficult.
  • Don't forget that there is a life beyond revision and exams.
  • Don't cram ALL night before an exam.

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