A Homeschooler's Guide to Revision.


Revision. We all eventually have to do it, whether we want to or not. It always seems to be nagging at the back of your head no matter what activity you're doing. A lot of people struggle with revision especially when they have to do it in their home environment. MAlthough revision is difficult for me sometimes, being homeschooled, I am more used to this situation. So I thought I would help you all out with more helpful revision tips and ideas to get you started and keep you going.
This is great for GCSE students and similar who are studying this year or preparing for the future.

1. KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO REVISE.

A key to revising is planning. This is so essential and I use it all the time in my homeschooling. It doesn't take a lot of time and you can just jot down a few ideas on a list as to what you need to study. You can even make it cute and tumblr with big titles and colours. If you are stuck on what to revise, look through past papers and syllabuses to check what you can't get your head round. Add anything you are unsure on to the list but make sure you don't add things for the sake of it. Adding things you already know is a bad habit to get into, you can waste so much time going over things you already understand, making you think that you have had a productive time when you are just milling over things.

2. FIND YOUR STYLE.

Another important part to studying is finding what helps you remember things. Look for inspiration in hobbies and things you love. I'm a very creative person so my favourite way to study is making pretty notes and carefully copying text. Some people like to make up songs and others just purely read for memorising.

3. FIND THE RIGHT TIME AND PLACE.

Finding the right place and time is also very helpful. Noise can really affect your studying and easily makes your concentration wander. I am used to studying on my own in my dining room where everything from the cat meowing to the vacuum cleaning are a usual activity. Because of my lifestyle I work very well on my own however, if you work better with friends try and arrange something with them. If you want a quite zone where you can work without worry, go to a public place like a library or similar. It is very important to also find the time of day that works for you. I work better in the morning after getting up and eating. Try different times of day to see when you can retain information best.

4. PACE YOURSELF.

Once you've found a good time and place, I would advise slowing down and making sure you pace yourself. Give yourself goals, once you've finished them allow yourself a break. It is crucial to give yourself breaks instead of doing one big chunk of studying and not remembering anything. However, taking breaks for too long is a very bad habit to get into. I am very guilty of this. Often I'll take a break in which I decide to Pinterest, upload to Instagram, have a rant on Twitter and finally have a nap. Don't do this, but instead, plan your breaks and decide when to start and finish. It can also be good to plan what to do within these breaks so you know how long it'll take you and you can look forward to doing it. Art or exercise is very good to do during this time.



5. TRY TO ENJOY IT.

You may be saying "but Abby, how can you possibly enjoy studying?". Over the years I've learnt to view learning as enjoyable. This is probably because I'm not at school and have no pressure. Therefore, revising at your own convenience is the perfect opportunity to start liking your studying. Enjoying revising is very helpful and keeps stress down.
Following the tips above will really help you with this.

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Thank you for reading! I hope you found this advice helpful.
What are your favourite ways to revise? Let me know down below.

Abby x

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