(Original post by politics_student)
Hi, do I? I've been worrying about exams/revision, so obviously I come across differently as to how I think I am...
Anyway, which subjects do you take? Are you doing AS or A2 levels?
Personally, I study Business Studies & Economics, History and Government & Politics.
Revision is very personal so how you revise is entirely up to you. I've gone through many techniques over the past few years, and I'm finally happy with how I currently revise. Throughout the Easter holidays I've been creating revision 'packs'; this has been useful as I'm re-reading the content and testing myself so it develops my understanding. I've been doing questions and will answer them when I come to revise again.
If you're doing Govt & Pol, I'd advise learning a few examples for each topic as these are really important for good grades. If you're doing History, timelines and the like are good and having an 'overview' so you can compare different parts of the course and assess key developments. If it works, you could highlight recurring themes or examples of foreign/economic/etc policy.
Lastly, I cannot stress the importance practicing past papers. They will show your strengths/weaknesses and give you time to correct this before the exam. If you can ask your teacher to make a couple and you can set targets, or re-read mark reports/schemes.
Step one: highlight any key words in the title, re-read it a few times so you're absolutely certain on what the discussion is based on.
Step two: plan. It doesn't have to be neat- just rough ideas, i.e. one side and the other and key themes that will make up your paragraphs. You could do either a spider diagram or a table, which ever suits you.
Step three: Figure out your line of argument (i.e. what you will be arguing in the essay) and give 'tasters' to your paragraphs
Step four: Set out the body of the essay, with topic sentences and clear explanations.
Step five: Reach a judgement based on your discussion, do not introduce a new point.
This may be totally useless, but it works for me so hopefully you it has helped you!
Good luck in your exams.