It’s not the Easter holidays, it’s two weeks of jam-packed revision for many students around the country. That’s why we’ve created a guide to all of the best tips and tricks, including some of my own creations when it comes to revising.

First off, you’ll need some stationery.

1. Coloured pencils: great for mind-mapping and colour-coding notes


You can buy some cheap pencils in your local Poundland or, if you want to splash out, you can buy some high-brow Crayola pencils from ASDA, Tesco and other big supermarkets.

2. Coloured pens: essential for colour-coding, annotating and designing


I personally swear by my Stabilo 88 fineliners, which you can buy here, but if you want to buy a cheaper set, you can find some in Poundland or even stationery shops like The Works.

3. Post-it notes (in every shape!): valuable when organising and annotating

sticky notes

Again, you can buy these beauties from The Works here and they will save your life.

They will also allow you to make extensive to-do lists like me…

extensive list

Next, you’re going to need techniques. Here’s some that help me the most:

1. For poetry: use the acronym ‘POET’ (Purpose, Organisation, Emotive tone and Technique) to remember all of the key points about the poems on your course

Here’s some I made earlier:

poetry revision posters

2. Character profile cards: cut as many pieces of plain A4 as you need in half and write down all of the key quotations for characters in the novel or play you’re studying. They can also be used to make flash-cards for any subject you study.

Here’s some I made earlier:

mockingbird revision

3. Mind-mapping: it doesn’t matter what subject you study, a mind-map will work. Start off with a topic in the middle and branch out addressing the key issues in that topic. Don’t be afraid to add pictures and diagrams!

Here’s two I made earlier:

mind map

We hope that you’ve found this revision article useful and now you certainly have no excuse for not doing any work. Enjoy!