If you’re looking to make the most of your revision sessions, take a look through Collegiate’s top 15 revision techniques where we’ll help you to implement some simple strategies for exam period success.

1. Timetable

Use a timetable to make sure you’re planning around all relevant course subjects. There are plenty of free revision timetable templates available online.

2. Take regular breaks

Make sure you’re taking regular breaks and factor these into your timetable. Try not to spend too long working without breaks, some studies show that working in sessions as small as 45 minutes is optimal.

3. Plan your day

Plan your days as though you’re going to school or work and with something fun at the end of the day to look forward to. This will keep you focused and won’t make you feel like you’re just living for exams.

4. Be organised

Don’t leave it all until the last minute. Go over the topics you’re taught in class shortly after learning. If it sticks in your mind early on, you’re more likely to remember it when it comes to exam time.

5. Find a work space

Tidy desk, tidy mind. Try and separate your work and personal space by making sure you are somewhere well-lit and quiet. It’s not always a good idea to work from your bed.

6. Make short revision notes

Make your revision notes short, snappy and relevant – they don’t always need to look pretty.

7. Try different revision techniques

Use different revision activities to keep you motivated. Try making notes from memory, using coloured flashcards, highlight key words and asking a friend or family to test you.


8. Make a rhyme

Alternatively, those who are more musical could make a song or rhyme out of their revision notes, this makes it a bit more fun and could help you remember more on the day.

9. Practice makes perfect

Practice, practice, practice. Past or sample exam papers will help you to familiarise with what the examiners are asking, and how they are asking it so it won’t be so daunting on the day.

10. Exercise

Exercising can help lower stress levels, making you feel more relaxed and less anxious. Try and do at least an hour a day to boost your brain activity, release endorphins and make revising more effective.

11. Be healthy

A healthy diet is just as important as exercise. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water and eating nutritious foods to keep you focused on your work. Plus, you’ll be more likely to combat that mid-afternoon lull.

12. Avoid all-nighters

Avoid all-nighters in the library where possible and make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep each night. Sleep is integral to brain function!

13. Turn off your phone

Instagram or TikTok feeds nothing but the procrastination demon so turn off that phone – unless you’re studying social media marketing, or interpretive dance.

14. Find online material

Revision has evolved with the technological revolution. You don’t need to carry your books around with you everywhere anymore, you can simply find helpful online material to revise on the go. See here for how Collegiate can help.

15. Be punctual

On the day of the exam, leave a little early so you arrive in good time and are ready to take on whatever that exam paper throws at you.

Studying at university can sometimes feel like there’s a lot to think about, but we’re here to help make it more manageable. Our student advice hub is full of guides, top tips and practical advice to help you through anything from stressful exam periods to making sure you’re properly prepared for a revision session.