Revision, are you smart?

You may think it is tricky to revise for language exams but with our hints you’ll see it’s not so hard really. This page is full of tips on how to get the most out of revision. You can find ways to revise under the specific section for each key area.

You’ve got a massive range of revision materials to help you revise and the first point of call is your vocab book - if this is kept up to date, full of essential words sorted into the right topics, flexible phrases and organised genders, revision will be a piece of cake. Don’t forget to look over this everyday so the words stay fresh in your mind.

Everyone has personal learning methods which work best for them. By knowing what type of learner you are, you can focus your revision and use methods that are most effective for you. In this section you’ll find a few hints and pointers on strategies you can use all the time to improve your language learning. Experiment around to see what works for you.

Revision shouldn't be a bore or get you down. Here are some nifty revision tips to help you prepare for the exam:

Be S M A R T

  • S pecific - set the actual topic for your revision.
  • M easurable - measure your progress towards your goal.
  • A ction - break down your study goal into specific tasks.
  • R ealistic - Don’t set goals you’re unlikely to achieve.
  • T ime - always study tasks in plenty of time for the deadline.


  • Choose one topic to revise at a time.
  • Use past papers and get your answers marked by your teacher. These will help you get used to the type of question or task the exam requires.


  • Split your revision into 20 minute manageable chunks. Don’t try to do too much in one go.
  • Set a time scale to complete the revision topic and have a reward waiting at the end of it.
  • Include revision into your daily routine. This will make it fit into your day and give you a space to do it in.


  • Set a target of what you want to achieve from your revision session.
  • Have fun with your revision!
  • Have a revision checklist - write down what you want to do and cross it off when you’ve done it.


  • Plan your revision for when you know you will do it. There’s no point writing on your plan that you will revise on Sunday morning when you know you’ll still be in bed!
  • Revision needs to be a balance between working and relaxing.


  • Plan enough time to revise everything before the exams. Effective revision isn’t cramming it all in the night before the exam and hoping it’ll stick.
  • Do some practice papers in exam conditions, so you get used to how long it’ll take.
  • Take breaks! All work and no play is just no fun.