Did you enjoy the sunny weather this bank holiday? We hope you made the most out of it, because on the second bank holiday in May, we are calling all students aged 16 – 18 to put their attention spans to the test, by dedicating the day to revision. There is no better time to kick off the exam season by having fun, rather than being buried in a pile of textbooks…
The Sutton Apprenticeship Hub has created what every student has been waiting for – a guide to making revision as close to ‘fun’ as it can be by studying on a Bank Holiday. Reaching your expected grades is the fundamental step to determine whether or not you’ll be able to land that interview for an apprenticeship.
If you want to ace your exams, there’s no need to panic because you still have plenty of time to cram all that crucial information into your brain before school is out for the summer – and this time, you can have fun with it too.
We know it sounds too good to be true, but if you follow our useful guide below, we promise to help make your revision session stress-free this bank holiday!
1) GET ACTIVE
Similar to learning how to ride a bike, how to do kick-ups with a football, lyrics to your favourite song, or a piece of dance choreography, information that you obtain during your education can be retained through a physical process. For example, a group of classmates getting up and dancing to represent different types of plate movements you learnt in geography. You can assign key bits of information and connect them to a physical action to help you remember it. Plus, getting active can help improve your memory!
2) WATCH ONLINE VIDEOS
No, we’re not suggesting you spend all day laughing at funny videos of cats on YouTube. There are actually loads of really helpful videos out there that will explain things you don’t understand. Those lovely folks over at O2 have got a whole website dedicated to helping you with your revision through the art of video. And to be honest, there’s some pretty good videos on there – we particularly like this song to help you remember how to work out the circumference and area of a circle.
3) GET ARTY
Making posters or drawing spider diagrams with lots of colourful pens not only is great fun but has been proved to make you more effective in your revision. We all love a bit of creativity, and a good way to revise is by making posters on big A3 sheets of paper and sticking them on your bedroom wall – without even thinking about it, those formulas or lines of poetry will have a place in your brain. Sticky notes are also useful to remember small facts, such as the definition of photosynthesis.
4) WATCH FILMS
We’re not giving you excuses to procrastinate – honest. And we’re definitely not encouraging you not to read the whole book for English Literature – seriously, don’t do this. Instead, watching the film of the book you’re studying can be a great way of understand it better and getting a better picture of what’s going on. Or if you’re doing languages you could watch the film in the language that you’re learning (you’d be surprised by how many DVDs have French, Spanish and German as language options). Watch with or without subtitles, depending on how confident you’re feeling.
4) GET RECORDING
Listening to your voice back on tape might be cringeworthy or even make you want to throw up. But it’s actually a great way to go through your notes without just writing them out time and time again. Apparently you can learn while you’re asleep too so if you record yourself reading your notes or explaining something to yourself and then listen to it while you’re sleeping, you can learn it while catching up on some very important sleep with your subconscious. Bonus!
If you’re reading this blog, you are probably struggling with revision or need a bit of a motivation to get started. Here’s a positive way to think about it: your GCSE or A-Level results are the gateway into your dream career. Even if you absolutely hate maths or chemistry, having an A* – C grade on your CV looks impressive!
QUICK TIP: Add your predicted grades to your current CV if you are applying for an apprenticeship now. Most employers are willing to wait for you to finish school or sixth form if you tick their boxes in an interview, so it’s important to jump on their radar nice and early by applying for apprenticeships now.
**ENJOY REVISING ON BANK HOLIDAY!**
For more information on CV writing and going to interviews, check out our downloadable documents below:
- How to ace an interview: http://getaheadsutton.org/?ddownload=3529
- How to write an epic CV: http://getaheadsutton.org/?ddownload=3527
- CV template: http://getaheadsutton.org/?ddownload=3526