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Need last minute revision techniques that work?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

May is officially the start of exam season! It’s also the time when panic can seriously set in if you haven’t got into the habit of regular revision yet.

Rather than freak out, here’s how to get organised … fast!

1. Spread revision topics out over several days, rather than revise one subject intensively. This will give your brain the space it needs to absorb facts!

2. Get testing! Test yourself with practice papers, then test your knowledge on a mate.

3. Turn off the music. Studies have concluded that listening to music while revising stops your brain from recalling information as fast. Gives you something to look forward to after revising…

4. Mind map, don’t highlight.. Interestingly, research has shown that highlighting text doesn’t work unless you connect ideas together. Mastering mind mapping instead will help you remember more in a short space of time. Simples…

5. Step away from your smartphone. The biggest distraction known to man and student? The humble smartphone. It’s all too easy to get Snap chatting, or Face booking without realising it.

In fact, the temptation to take a sneaky peek at your texts or Facebook timeline is a real problem, researchers say. If revising, then, be brave: switch it off!

Last minute tuition support

With exams on over the next six weeks, it can make a huge difference to draft in some professional last-minute help.

With GCSE and A Level tutors at the ready across Manchester and Cheshire, call 1-2-1 Home Tutors to help you make the grade!

How To Create Your Revision Timetable

Monday, January 18th, 2016

For many of you taking exams in the summer term after Easter, it’s essential to get your revision underway now.

Now’s the best time to perfect your revision timetable, and to address any grey areas you’ve always struggled with. Leaving this until after Easter will cause panic.

So instead, here are some practical revision suggestions to help you through the spring term:

1. Get mind mapping!

Create a mind-map for each subject, detailing all the key areas and skills you need to know. Now using three highlighter pens, identify the areas you are confident in with one colour, the areas you need to brush up on, and the areas you  really struggle with.

2. Get planning!

Using this information, focus on planning out how you’ll cover those weaker areas. Don’t worry about them, get proactive instead! Can you pin down a teacher to help you with that algebra question which flummoxed you in the mock?

Can you ask if there are any revision sessions planned by departments? Can you arrange a local tutor to take you through those difficult skills your teacher doesn’t have time for?

3. Get practical!

The sales are still on. Buy some new notebooks, pens, index cards and folders to get organised. Keeping tidy revision folders will stop you from panicking. In each one you could write a tick list using your mind maps to help you stay on track.

Plot out all the difficult areas into a timetable/calendar and stick to it.

Get help!

Don’t suffer in silence. Don’t just hope the problems will go away. They won’t… Use the time you have now and over the coming months to give yourself the best chance of success.

With SATs, GCSE and A level tutors covering Manchester and Cheshire from Stockport to Wilmslow, Hale to some areas of Cheshire, that help is just a phone call or email away. Get in touch with 1-2-1 Home Tutors now…

Be prepared – GCSE and A Level exam changes

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

In the last few months there has been a considerable amount of change in the way testing is carried out for both GCSEs and A Level.

There has been a move away from coursework and module based testing throughout the year. Instead most schools are moving back to one main exam in May and June.  This academic year some students will sit their exams in June instead of split between January and June. But we’re already hearing rumbles that this might be causing some students (and their parents!) a few headaches.

For many students they are panicking about the emphasis being on one set of exams and they are realising there’s an awful lot to learn in one go. They’re smart because they know early preparation is the key to success – but only if you can get past the panic and start to plan. On the other hand June seems very far away and a lot of students aren’t even thinking about exams. But it’s surprising how fast time can pass and if you aren’t prepared last minute cramming can spell disaster.

What can you do to ensure you pass next June?

  • Don’t think as far ahead as June. Instead put your effort into your mocks – this is a chance to really test your knowledge and shouldn’t be a wasted opportunity.
  • But don’t leave things to the last minute – think about revision 6-8 weeks in advance of the exam and create a plan. If you need help with planning or revision then a private tutor can really help.
  • Have a look at our revision blogs on How long you should spend revising and Revision over Christmas. 

If you need help with revision or revision planning for CGSE or A Levels (English, History, Maths and other subjects) in Manchester or Cheshire (covering Heaton Moor, Levenshulme and other areas) call 121 Home Tutors today.