Ace your exams with our revision resources

Get organised, find study help and cram for your exams

Plan your schedule and reduce exam stress with our free tools and resources.

It's all here, from build-your-own revision aids to ready-made ones, created by A* students and reviewed by teachers.

Revision timetable

To get the most out of your available time, study plans or timetables can help you fit your revision around the rest of your life. The TSR Study Planner creates an online, personalised timetable for you in less than 15 minutes.

Be prepared to change your study plan if needed, and reward yourself frequently to stay motivated.

Mind maps

Recommended for visual learners, mind maps are diagrams with a central starting point that you add branches to – you can add more branches to take them as far as you like.

They can show you the connections between different elements of a topic, providing a ‘big picture’ without losing sight of the detail.

“I normally make a mind map by drawing a cloud/bubble in the middle of the page, write the main idea here, then draw singular branches off it and then add smaller branches,” says Essie4Real.

Flashcards and revision cards

For on-the-go revision, flashcards and revision cards are ideal.

Flashcards are double-sided, so you can test yourself by checking you know what’s on the reverse side.

Revision cards are often larger than flashcards, so they can contain more detailed information and key points can be emphasised with colour or highlighting.

Revision card fan furryface12 says: “For me they really help as they break the information up a bit although I put as much info on one revision card as it is humanly possible. My sister uses flashcards – putting words on one side and definitions on the other, so she can learn both and test herself. Both work for us, but it hasn't worked when we've tried each other's methods.”

Revision notes

Making revision notes helps you consolidate everything you've learnt over your course, allowing you to spot strong and weak areas in your knowledge. 

They are a good first stage of revision, as it involves bringing all your resources together and the process actually helps you learn.

Making your revision notes online means you won’t lose them and it’s easy to add colours and highlighting to make them memorable. 

“When making revision notes I always write a few bullet points over the main point. I then write more on the things I know I forget. If possible I draw small diagrams. Three of my textbook pages end up as a single sheet of revision notes," says sanaindaclub.

Quizzes

Quizzes are a fun and competitive way to find out where your knowledge gaps lie.

With our quiz tool, you can create your own multiple-choice quizzes online, with as many questions and possible answers as you like. 

After you’ve taken your quiz, you can review your performance and your fastest correct answers using the leaderboard.

There are thousands of ready-made quizzes in the TSR Resource Library, covering every subject and level.

“Once you have revised something, give yourself a mini quiz to refresh your brain. Do this at the end of the revision session, then at the end of the day, and then at the beginning of the next day. This will push it into your long term memory," says Brimstone.

Past papers

TSR member Gingerbread101 describes them as “the holy grail of revision”; past papers are vital because they show you how a course is assessed and the types of questions that you’ll be asked.

Our tool allows you to search through all the recent Pearson (Edexcel), AQA and OCR past papers in key subjects.

We've also handily posted mark schemes (the guidelines examiners use to mark papers) and examiner’s reports, which are summaries of how candidates tackled a particular paper.

Essay planning

Do you have essay-based exams? Planning essays using frameworks can help you organise your thinking, develop your analytical skills and not lose sight of the question asked.

Work through past papers or sample questions using our guides for various essay formats, like advantages and disadvantages, compare and contrast, character analysis and more.

Essay aficionado kiwamaria says: “Always link points back to the question, examiners love it when you make it easy for them, so use the words of the question. Timed essays are your best friend. You will dread the first few because you will not get full marks, yet you learn so much from those mistakes."

Resource Library

Whatever the subject, topic and level, the Resource Library has something you’ll find useful.

Every revision aid created by students goes into this huge pool — there’s mind maps, flashcards, quizzes, videos and notes — and together they make up one of the most extensive and useful collections of learning resources.

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