Pastoral Support | St David's College

Set yourself an examination goal – what result do you want? (If you are hoping for a “B”, aim for an “A” and if things don’t work out, hopefully you’ll still get your “B”. If things work out, wonderful!) 

– START EARLY – you should have already begun. 

– Always plan your revision. Create a revision plan that shows what you must revise in the time remaining – remember ‘Planning prevents poor performance.’ 

– Attend all revision sessions held by staff as well as seeing staff over any queries 

– Make sure you have all your revision material and your files are neat and tidy. Use revision materials provided by staff! 

– Try different active revision techniques – summarise your notes; produce mind maps; scatter diagrams; test, test and retest yourself – in-depth knowledge is vital (reading over notes is very passive and ineffective for most) 

– Build up a bank of key definitions and revise them (use flashcards, post-its, etc.). 

– Focus on exam skills / technique as well as content 

– Practise exam questions on topics from different angles – practise makes perfect. 

– Practise under exam time conditions 

– A useful technique for making revision notes is shown in the clip below:

– An important guide on how to make your revision as effective as possible:

– This is a vital time for you and you all need to be ambitious.