How do you revise in half term?

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Are you a student wondering how much revision you should be doing? Whilst half term is usually a time for enjoyment and relaxing, this often isn’t the case for students. Students might be worrying about their grades and how they can keep up their exam practice over the holidays. Read on for more information about how you can revise in half term.

Revision sessions

Often, schools and colleges put on half term Christmas revision course for year 11 and 13 students to give extra help. These can sometimes be helpful if you’d like your teacher to go on a particular aspect of the specification. Doing revision sessions can be good for getting you in a focused mindset by taking you away from your home. This will remove any distractions of family members and temptations of video games! However, if your school isn’t putting on sessions, you might be able to email your teacher if you get stuck. Directly communicating might be good as the teacher could pay attention specifically to your needs rather than a whole class. Therefore, help and guidance could be available to you in half term through the school, depending on your institution.

Past papers

Past papers are a great way to revise in half term. You can easily access these on your exam board’s official website online. These will help give you a feel of what is to come in the real exam. They’ll also help highlight your weak areas if you find yourself struggling with certain questions. Coupled with these papers are the official mark schemes. The mark schemes can help you discover the style of answers that the examiner will be looking for. Practising these papers will generally help you improve at exam technique over time if you evaluate your performance.

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Other online resources

Aside from past papers, there are many other online resources that you can access at home in half term. Through YouTube, there are many online videos at anyone’s fingertips. These educational videos are usually made by professionals who know a lot about their subject. They are often good at explaining their subject through years of experience. Plus, it’s often easier for students to focus on these types of videos if they’re engaging and entertaining. Additionally, online quiz resources can be a good way to revise. You can challenge yourself with a range of questions to help highlight your weak areas. There are usually many online quizzes, all being interactive and aiming to help you learn your specification. You should also be able to find and order your course textbook online which should include all the knowledge you’ll need for the exam.

Homemade resources

You can make your own revision resources at home in half term. This can include making notes, mind maps, and even flashcards. These could all be effective ways to help you revise depending on how you prefer to learn and memorise information.

Overall, there are loads of different ways you can revise over half term, and some methods can be very engaging. The homemade resources will be common, although online resources can be a huge help, especially when you’re not in school.

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