Easter A Level Revision Tips For Psychology Students

The Easter break is only a few weeks away, and for A Level students, this is an important time to prepare for the challenging months which lie ahead. Here are some important points to bear in mind, and to help you do justice to all the hard work that you have already put into your course. 

Draw up a revision timetable

The best way to ensure that you revise consistently is to draw up a study timetable in advance. This will help you cover all the topics studied in a balanced way, avoiding any last minute panics. Most people study best in shorter blocks of an hour or two, with breaks in between.

Varying your topics throughout the day can also help your brain to keep sharp and stimulated. 

Revision cards

Making a set of revision cards is a great way to break down an overwhelming task into more manageable sections. Summarise the main points of each topic on each card, and then during each study session drill down into the finer details.

Practice past exam papers

Past papers are an excellent way to give you practice of answering questions fully within set timeframes. You might know all the theory and the correct way to answer questions, but it is also important to work on your timing so that you can get through all the main points without running out of time. 

Look up the different types of questions you might be asked, and make sure you understand the precise meaning of the terms used, such as the difference between ‘evaluate’ and ‘analyse’, for example.

Find the right place to study

For some students, home may not be the most ideal place to study, whether because of too many tempting distractions, a lack of space, or boisterous younger siblings. Your local library may have quiet study rooms available, or your school or college may offer to provide study areas over the holidays.

The study area should be well lit and ergonomically adjusted so that you are not straining your back, arms, neck or eyes during study periods. Some people need complete silence to concentrate, whereas others prefer a little bit of background noise, and may even prefer a busier environment such as a cafè or coffee shop.

Make time for self care

It is also important to make sure that you get some rest during the Easter break. Working continuously may feel like the right thing to do, but it can be counterproductive because concentration and energy levels will naturally fall away, meaning that you are less likely to retain and think clearly about the information you are trying to take in.

Timetable in short 10 or 20 minute breaks during the day, and schedule in at least two or three complete days off to get out and about, or just have a quiet day relaxing at home. 

Eating well, taking regular exercise, and sticking to a regular sleep schedule are all important to help you feel at your best both physically and mentally. 

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