Revision and exam help

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How to revise

  • Summarise your notes. You need to understand all the major ideas in each topic. Do your own research from your lesson notes, textbook, relevant internet links and other sources or ask teachers and friends until you have achieved this.
  • Ensure you know what concept every symbol stands for (and pay attention to case - f and F are very different!), and what unit it is measured in. Also know whether a relationship is a fundamental one that always applies (like Newton's Laws) or if it only applies in certain circumstances (like Hooke's Law and Ohm's Law.)
  • After you have got summaries that you understand, go through them again and again. For best results it has to be an active process. Condense it down even more, put points on revision cards, highlight key ideas, draw a diagram to summarise a process, or whatever works for you.
  • List the formulae and definitions that need to be learnt. Include what the symbols mean and their units. Regularly try to learn a few formula or definitions at a time. Test yourself as you go.
  • Doing past paper questions. Do the questions and only look at the mark scheme afterwards. If the answers are on the same page as the question, actually cover them up until you have completely finished. Study the mark scheme carefully to see exactly what gains marks. Make a note of weak topics to go over again.