3 Ways to Improve Your Maths Exam Revision

By Maths Doctor Thursday, June 6, 2013

Studying for exams is something we all go through in our lives, yet what works well for one person (such as cramming the day before an exam), may not be the most successful revision process for another.

Here are three simple tips you may like to consider when deciding what works best for you:

1. Eat and sleep well

Obvious? You’d be surprised how many people burn the midnight oil, revising long after their brains are able to take in information properly. A decent amount of sleep – usually 7-8 hours in every 24 – is vital to help you focus. Likewise, eating regular meals and drinking enough fluids are important to keep your energy levels up. You could use meal breaks to help you pace yourself in line with tip two…

2. Study topics in small chunks

Divide your revision schedule into easily manageable portions that you tackle one at a time with a short break in between. This process not only helps you track your work so you can be confident that you’re making progress, but also makes it easier to focus as you switch on and off between chunks. There are various online resources available at your fingertips to help you master specific topics, such as fractions and algebra, and to enable you to test your knowledge before the exams – including our free maths video tutorials and worksheets here.

3. Try birdsong as background noise

We all love to listen to our favourite music when studying, thinking that it’s helping us relax and focus. However, it turns out that we’re wrong! Experts claim that the kind of background noise that makes us most productive comes from Tweety Bird, not Taylor Swift. If you have an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you can try a new birdsong app called ‘Study’ – download it free.