For a generation of students used to updating their Instagram status every few minutes, the summer exams may seem like a long time away. But add up everything that needs to be done between now and then – from rereading (or just reading) Great Expectations to perfecting French verb conjugations – and suddenly leaving revision until the Easter holidays doesn’t feel so wise.
So the big questions are: How and when to begin revising? How to get the most out of revision time? And, most importantly, how to end up with the best grades you can?
Fortunately, decades of research carried out by psychologists about learning and memory has produced some clear advice: Start early, learn in short bursts, test yourself regularly and space out your revision.
For many students, however, spreading out revision, rather than cramming, is easier said than done. Commonly students find it difficult to think ahead, being focused on the immediate demands of school work, extra-curricular activities and/or their social lives. However, no matter the reason, if you are organised enough, you can spend less time revising and remember more.
At Justin Craig, we have scheduled our courses with that knowledge in mind. In addition to our 1 day “Get Ahead” courses which run earlier in the academic year, we run subject specific revision courses during all of the school holidays. Our Christmas courses are a great opportunity to give students a revision boost; either as a pick up after recent disappointing mock results or to help prepare for mocks in January. In addition to addressing knowledge gaps and/or exam technique concerns, students really value the opportunity to share information and revision strategies with other students. Access to expert tutors also provides students with invaluable insights and tips, as well as helping them sharpen up their approach to revising and tackling exam papers.
With 35 years of experience, we also know that student learning styles, concerns and motivations vary significantly. Not knowing how to approach revision is frequently a deterrent to students starting at all. With this in mind, we offer revision courses to help students understand what will work best for them, together with strategies and techniques to manage exam stress, maximise exam performance and help with revision planning throughout the year.