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Top 6 revision techniques

With the SQA exam diet approaching, revision time is becoming precious – there’s not a minute to waste! But do not fret, as we have listed our top 6 revision techniques to help students get the most out of each study session.

Refer to past papers

Using past exam papers to study is our top revision recommendation. Thanks to the SQA, previous exam papers are available online, allowing students to practice exam questions and become familiar with the exam structure and assessment standards.

Students may begin to notice patterns in questions, such as similar styles of questions that are worded differently. Practising them will also give students an idea of how long it takes to complete a paper.

Moreover, marking schemes are also available with past papers. Students can use these to work out where they went wrong and understand what sort of answers are expected. Also spend time on the SQA understanding standards website as this invaluable resource give marker commentary on all externally assessed items in your courses.

Past papers for all subjects can be found on the SQA website.

Study out loud

Did you know that saying something out loud is an effective way to remember key information?

A study by the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review found that speaking something aloud leads to better encoding of the information in your memory. This was discovered upon comparing the effects of silently reading, hearing somebody else read aloud, hearing a recording of one’s self reading aloud, and actual reading aloud in real time as one learns. It’s known as the ‘Production Effect’.

Why not try it and compare your own results?

Use colour

Using colour to study is one of the easiest, yet most effective revision techniques.

Why? It’s been proven that colours impact our mood in different ways. So using certain colours to study might actually improve productivity.

In addition, the University of British Columbia found that certain colours can help with concentration, attention span and hence facilitate memory retention and learning. The study highlights that red and blue colors are the best for enhancing cognitive skills and improving brain function.

Colours can easily be incorporated into mind maps and diagrams, making them more engaging to look at too.