Six creative study tips to make revision easier

Stuck in a revision rut? These quick and easy tips will spark your imagination...

Everyone has their little quirks while revising, whether it’s highlighting until they’re blue in the face (literally), or post-it noting every available surface they can get their hands on.

But some people’s techniques are a little bit more outside the box.

The TSR community pondered the weirdest methods that worked for them - here’s what they came up with.

Home makeover

If you know you’re guilty of procrastinating around the house, you can always start utilising your space like NonIndigenous does:

“I identify locations around the house where I 'waste time' - brushing teeth, in the shower, washing dishes. Then I put up sticky notes in those places. The shower cabin door is glass, so I stick them on the other side facing inwards. I also listen to lecture recordings while asleep.”

Get your gran involved

It might be annoying showing your grandparents how to open WhatsApp for the 14th time, but explaining a topic to them might be just what you need to make your revision stick.

“Explain whatever you want to learn to your grandparents! One of the best ways to see if you actually know something is to be able to explain it to people with no previous knowledge on that topic.” - LarissaAlves

Your parents can be another good practice source:

“When I went on walks with my parents, I’d tell them the entire history of Germany from 1871. They liked it because they’re interested in history, and it really helped with my revision.” - CoolCavy

If Granny’s busy, you could always rope in your friends for a good old fashioned debate, like furryface12 explains:

“My friend used to learn things by arguing. I spent what felt like hours giving weird nonsensical arguments about historical stuff I hadn't a clue about. They learnt it though (well, from their responses) and did well in the exams.”

When in Rome...

Learning a language? Don’t just limit yourself to making notes - get musical and learn like hello2906 did.

“To help me revise for my Spanish GCSE, I listened to Shakira’s Spanish songs on repeat.”

You don’t have to stop at songs either, as FurryFace12 explains:

“I remember watching Elf in German before my mock exam. Not sure I learnt anything but at least I felt like I was doing something. I guess any exposure you can get to the language has to be good.”

Even if you’re not learning a language, sticking on some topical music could help you recall the facts and figures you’re trying to memorise:

“When I was studying for history, I found listening to music that relates to the topics helped me concentrate. When making notes on Soviet Russia, I listened to my Russian playlist, and so on. I then associated certain songs with certain events or people. Kind of nerdy but I guess it works!” - mariapcosta

On the box

Watching TV doesn’t have to be a distraction from your revision. JustACoincidence explains how the box helped them crack on with the book-learning:

“I watch my favourite movies whilst revising. It’s great background noise because I’ve already watched them so many times that I know what’s happening, so it doesn’t make me lose my concentration. Plus, when I need a quick break, I just focus back in on watching a bit of the movie.”

Zaspo has another good suggestion:

“I watch YouTube videos to help me revise.”

Although watching funny cat videos might not do wonders for your learning, there’s definitely other stuff out there that can help. Try our ‘how to memorise using flashcards’ video below if you need a little boost: 

Get booksmart

It’s old-school book learning - but with a twist. If you don’t know where to start with your quotes, go in for this extreme measure like teddy-chan~.

“For IGCSE Literature, I couldn't understand what on earth was going on in the book for the life of me. So I memorised the entire book. It’s been a year since that and I can still recite quotes and kick everyone's ass for trivia on the book.”

Or if you want a slightly simpler option, try johnathonemptage’s technique:

“I like to look over a book for a bit, and then wander around not thinking about it for 15 minutes or so. When I’m back, I test myself on it - more often than not, it works.”

And if all else fails, you can always result to this old favourite revision method:

“Just cram and pray.” - Jang Gwangnam

Got any weird revision techniques? Come share them in the discussion below.


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