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    Hi I'm doing A-Level essays and I want to start revising next week, that is the last week in February. I'm aiming for the high grades. Does anybody have any revision tips for high graders? Btw I don't do too well with Mind Maps and Post sticks. I mostly do notes.

    I do not benefit much from mind maps and post-it notes either!

    You should continue to write notes as usual but instead of writing them and reading them over repeatedly, you should first read them through like a normal book. Then, highlight information which you feel is important. Next, annotate your notes with any extra information that is somewhat related - whence you'll have a foundation to write them out again but summarise each point, explaining why it is worth remembering. When you've got your points down for each specification unit - learn them! I usually need to create mnemonics.

    After all that, attempt the questions in the text book. If there are any you cannot answer, consolidate all you have learnt on a separate piece of paper. Of course, only the information that is related to the question. If that fails to ring a bell, find the relevant section in the text book and your own notes; which you can read, reflect, do whatever you need to in order to retain it and then put your resources away and attempt the question again. Mark your answers.

    Once you've mastered the text book questions, answer a past paper. I know this has become a platitude, but they will help you immensely. As aforementioned, if you are struggling on a question, learn it!

    I wish you the best of luck with revising and hope I was of aid to you.
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Updated: February 20, 2016
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