Guest Blog: Revision Tips Teachers Forgot To Tell You | OpinionPanel x YouthSight

Guest Blog | 13 Jan 2022


The world today is full of distractions, which makes studying trickier than ever before. We know from our tracking data that young students are feeling less motivated to learn at school/university - so what study tips and revisions techniques will help effective learning? 

In this month's guest blog our panel member shares their personal tips for revising effectively. This is the thirteenth article in our guest blog series written by members of our OpinionPanel Community.

In the series you can hear Gen Z's stories, opinions and experiences written in their own words and on the topics that matter most to them. Keep reading for more insights on how Gen Z prefer to learn and how to tap into the trend of social media learning. 

Copy of student OPC x YS post (4)

We’ve all heard that saying before: ‘you get what you put in.’ However, there may be times where you feel that no matter how much time and effort you spend on that one topic, you just wish it never existed. Sadly, you still end up with that big red ‘F’ on the front of your test paper. But never fear! I have listed below some of the best ways to help boost up those grades and make learning more enjoyable than you think it to be…

1. Put that phone down!

We’ve ALL done it before, wanting to spend a few minutes on our phone scrolling and replying to our friend’s messages. Before you know it, hours have passed and you’ve still not picked up your pen. It’s the biggest AND most common distraction for all students. Try to reduce phone time. This will help you become a more focused reviser and make you realise how much unnecessary time is spent on there too!

2. Have a revision technique

It’s completely okay to have different methods to revise for different subjects. My recommendation is to have a technique best fit for that subject or topic. For example when it comes to memorising the definitions of words, flashcards are your best friend! There are also many free resources online (better use that phone wisely). Do not limit yourself to one way of revising. Explore your choices and find the one which best suits your taste.

3. Struggling to find a revision technique?

No problem! One of the best revision techniques I’ve learnt through my years of studying is the two-colour technique:

  1. Make your revision notes in your preferred format i.e. mind maps / flashcards
  2. The day after (or even a few hours later) try to recall everything you remember on a piece of paper using a coloured pen
  3. Now with another colour, correct or add any additional information to your piece of paper

By using this method, you reduce your time spent on the learning you are
confident with and can focus your time more on the information you wrote using the second colour.

4. Quality over Quantity

As much as we all want to quickly rush to get our work over and done with, you're less likely to perform well. Organise your day using a checklist of what needs to be done, or a timetable for the long run. Water is a necessity to keep the mind active so try to have a water bottle on you when studying. If you're revising multiple subjects, spread them out across the week, so your memory will strengthen every time you return back to that area of learning.

5. Understand → Condense → Review

This is something which I have personally made up from my years of experience as a student but has helped me understand how simple and easy revision can be when done correctly. By properly understanding the topic, you can confidently recall it, which is a LOT better than memorising a sentence word for word (which you would forget in a week’s time).

After fully understanding the topic area, condense it all using flashcards so you can easily review it when you need to. It’s a simple and straightforward learning method which can be embedded in your current revision.

...Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of this blog (without getting distracted by your phone, I hope!). Keep in mind, these are a few of my top revision tips which will positively change your mindset towards learning and leave you less frustrated. I hope you will feel a positive difference being made into your study routine.

And here is something to keep you motivated no matter what: ‘a little goes a long way.’

Read more: Learning in 2022 

New data from our Gen Z insight tracker State of the Youth Nation reveals that almost half (45%) of young people (16-24s) at school or university, rarely or never feel motivated to learn at their educational institution. This figure has risen by 18% in the last year! 

It's therefore no real surprise that young people are taking learning into their own hands. In our new insight video our panel members share the topics they want to learn about, how they're learning independently (including the tools they enjoy using and why).

Copy of SYN - blog promo (1)

Watch the video 

Read more about the OpinionPanel 

The OpinionPanel Community is the UK's largest youth research panel with over 150,000 highly engaged 13-30 year olds ready to take part in your research project.  

Our Community is more than just a research panel; it's a platform for young people to express themselves, share their thoughts and experiences with peers, learn from thought-leadership articles and hear alternative views on topical subjects. 

If you have a youth research project that you'd like to talk to us about, click below to get in touch.

Get in touch


Previous Post Next Post


Keep up with the youth

Sign up to our newsletter for the latest insights in your sector

Sign me up

close button

Sign me up for up for exclusive insights

We'll only use your personal information to provide you our insight articles. We'll only contact you via email and you may unsubscribe at any time.