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GCSE revision tips for exam successful; Ruth Sparkes, editor of teen magazine Future Mag shares her useful advice.

Byline: Nisha Mal

Tens of thousands of teenagers facing their GCSEs and A-level exams in the coming months will be using the upcoming February half-term time to kick start their revision.

Experts tell us that the most ineffective way to revise is to read through your notes. Not much goes in, your mind wanders and you spend ages "working" for very little learning.

But, these days students have far more than text books and a packet of highlighters in their study arsenal, there's an ever increasing number of mobile Apps to help students revise.

We asked Ruth Sparkes, editor of teen magazineFuture Magto share some top tips (and App hacks) to help you 'own' 2020 revision.

Revision should be active -- doing things, so:

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Don't work for hours without a break. Your memory and recall become less and less effective, so:

Plan your revision in sessions of up to one hour

Take a short break between sessions

Change topics each session -- this is really hard to begin with as you may have just got stuck-in to a particular subject, but it is a really effective strategy. It focuses your mind to get a certain amount/task done in a set time and makes the time spent revising really count

For your revision sessions to be useful and worthwhile you will need to make a few sacrifices.

Find a quiet place to work. Not with the TV on

Tell all your contacts on Snap, Messenger, etc. that you're exiting the social media world for one hour

Put phones on silent and out of sight, (unless you're using your phone to revise) switch off social media (you can do it!)

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Author:Nisha Mal
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Date:Feb 8, 2020
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