Revision tips from the Foundation Centre staff and students

Revision, revision, revision….

So many things to do to get ready for exams. But what is the best way to revise? Where to start?Here are helpful tips that we collected from staff and student to help you do the your best in your exams.

First of all, eat right!

Revision period for many equals junk food season as you have no time to spend preparing your meals. It should not be that way. There are a number of foods that will keep your body and mind healthy and also help you to remember better. Bananas, apples, blackberries, sweet potatoes all those things you loved since you were a kid actually have super powers to energize your brain. So instead of ordering Dominoes, go pick up some fruit and veg.


Rachel Dunn thinks that revision mode starts with your plate. Researchers discovered that student who have proper breakfast on the day of their exams perform better. What is a proper breakfast you ask? Well you can’t go wrong with a bit of porridge oats for your carbohydrates, and egg, milk or yogurt for protein. Also no breakfast can be complete without coffee or juice; that is just something we know you want so enjoy.

Some of you might have already read the stress avoidance advice by the Durham Marketing student , but we will repeat few of her tips here just in case you missed it. Make schedule of your own revision. It always helps to write down what you have to learn. When you do write it all down, do not panic! It might seem like a lot but if you just take it step by step, taking breaks in between (very important to do that!) you will see that it is all doable.

Now we told you where to start, here is how you revise.

Once you have made a list of what you have to do you, take a look at the past exam papers. That is what a lot of our former students, including Jess Roche, Alex Harrison-Wood and Lee Simpson, advise to do. You can find them on duo, on library tab.


Ok, so now you know what you need to learn, and how you will be asked to display your knowledge. That is what these people who were talking at you all year want, they want you to remember what they said, understand it and be able to explain it all yourself. Usually your lecturer will tell you if they want you to use their examples or come up with your own.If they haven’t done yet, don’t hesitate to ask.

Now when you have opened the books, notes and power point presentations you need to know good ways of learning.Here is what our staff and student have come up with.

Steve Leech says that it is important to taking breaks from your revision. You can go for a walk or a run between your study sessions. That will help your brain to work better.

It’s also helps to speak out loud. You are more likely to remember things if you have talked it over out loud. Former student Lee Simpson suggests that getting a study group together and teach each other if good way to revise. You can also try to teach your pet, toy or a poster, if you don’t want to look weird talking to yourself. Talking during a walk is a good idea, just don’t be too loud when you are walking through crowded areas. People might be interested in finding out what happened to Hamlet or Pavlov’s dog and they may start following you.

Reward yourself for a job well done. If you have completed your task, have a snack, treat yourself to chocolate.

If your exams are essay based you can write down your plans or draw them in diagrams before you write them. If you have the plan you already know what you going to do.

If you are typing your notes, research suggests that times new roman is easier to read and remember. Foundation former student Jess Roche says that colour coding your notes also makes it easier to learn the material. She also mentioned that putting up dates and facts on posters helps memorising them.

Watch educational youtube videos to help understand tricky concepts.

Flashcards can be useful when you are studying, especially because you can turn to them on the go.

Check out more advice here

Alison McManus advice is to remember not to stress and take deep breaths. So sleep well, breathe and keep calm otherwise you will forget what you need to write and even if you actually know it.

So here it all is. Remember your teachers, friends and colleges are there to support you.

Good luck! Though you don’t need it, you will be great.


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