Why Your Revision Techniques could be Holding You Back

Even the most organised student can be equipped with a perfect revision timetable and still feel like they’re falling short. The human memory is a mystery to most of us, but understanding it a little more can help you to revise smarter and even ensure you feel more confident.

We pick up many study skills over the years, but are any of them effective enough to help you pass your exams? Many revision techniques might feel like they are helping, but they could often be improved. Here at Pastest we aim to make revision as stress-free and convenient as possible, so here’s a little advice.


Test yourself, instead of recognising

One of the most common ways to revise is to simply look at what you want to learn over and over again. While this will help you to recognise the information, you might not actually be able to recall it. Recognition and recall are two completely different entities!

Recognition is very easy for your memory, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to recall the information and use it in an exam. In other words, your revision should be focused on retrieving information from your memory and testing how well you can remember it all.

Space out your revision

This may seem like an incredibly obvious piece of advice, but it’s more important than you think. We’ve all been there, frantically revising last minute before your exam in the morning and most of us will sit and revise for 6 hours a day to try and soak up as much information as possible. However, this might not actually be the most effective way to revise.

Try this instead, sitting for an hour to revise and use that time efficiently. You’ll probably find that you remember more in that hour than you do across a whole day of mind-spinning revision.

Focus on what you know the least

Often looking over something familiar helps us to feel more confident, but it’s crucial to concentrate on the weaker areas of knowledge. It’s also important to put in deliberate effort in your revision to figure out your areas of weakness and address those knowledge gaps, otherwise this may leave your severely under-prepared if your ideal questions don’t come up.


Put the information you know into practice and plan how you would use the information you’ve learnt in a coherent exam answer.

Spend some time answering test questions and practice forming proper answers to the questions you’re expecting. Also rehearsing in an exam situation in this way can bring some familiarity when you’re sat in the exam itself.

Of course, one way to quickly test your knowledge in those short periods of free time you have in a day is by using our app. Check out our online revision resources or download the app today on the App Store or Google Play to get started!

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