Home About  Students Teachers Blog Writing
Email Me Exam Tips

Revision is much more effective when done in chunks, rather than marathon sessions.

Take regular breaks - 15 minutes every hour is a good rule of thumb.

Don’t waste time constantly refining your ‘perfect’ revision timetable - plan out which topics to do when and STICK TO IT!

Hint: If you have scheduled every minute of the day, or if your timetable includes things like “brush teeth” ... you will not be able to stick to it!  Be realistic!

Mnemonics

are things to help you remember.  They can be an acronym or a sentence to help you remember a sequence in order, e.g.:

Richard

of

York

gave

battle

in

vain

(to remember the colours of the rainbow in order)

Mnemonics you have spent time inventing yourself are usually the most effective, but here is one suggestion for a framework for textual analysis (thanks to Viv Wood, who suggested this for Lang/Lit analytical comparison):

Mode

Audience

Register

Values

Evaluation of Effects

Literary & Linguistic features

In this case, the cue word reminds you of the concepts you need to use, whereas in a spelling mnemonic, the sentence reminds you of the word

There are also spelling mnemonics, such as:

Big

Elephants

Can

Always

Understand

Small

Elephants