EAsy Revision: Quick Revision Ideas

Sometimes when you are revising, you don’t have a lot of time to sit down and focus on something for a long time. For these moments it can be useful to have a few quick and easy ideas available so you can revise in five or ten minutes slots when you are busy. I have spoken about some of these in more detail before in my ‘Five minute revision ideas‘ post and my ‘How to revise with a friend‘ post but I will just brainstorm them and some other ideas here.

Why are quick revision ideas useful?

Apart from the obvious fact that having a bunch of quick revision ideas is useful for when you don’t have long to revise, these ideas are useful for other reasons. For example, they will force you to think about the information you need to learn in different ways which should help you to remember it better. They will also enable you to focus on very specific bits of information if needed which is useful when you are doing last minute revision and don’t want to waste time learning about things you already know. Finally, just the process of using a variety of techniques can make revision seem more interesting.

What sort of ideas could you use?

Lots of the revision techniques already discussed in this EAsy revision series can be shortened. Here are some suggestions for things you could do (more detail on some of these can be found in the links provided):

  • Spend 10 minutes bullet pointing and checking your answers to a type of exam question you find especially hard.
  •  Try and explain a particular theory or concept to someone in 2 minutes and then give them 3 minutes to clarify anything they don’t understand.
  • Brainstorm everything you can remember about a particular topic for 5 minutes, then check what you have written and make a note of what you need to revise again.
  • Play snap with a friend taking the same exam to help you learn key words etc..
  • Make flash cards to cover a particular topic (or test yourself using flash cards if you have already made them).
  • Bullet point an essay plan for an essay that might come up in the exam (include an argument, evidence, key date/ people etc. – imagine that you can take the plan into the exam but it needs to be on a small piece of paper so you need to include all the key details but keep it succinct).
  • Go through your notes and highlight/ underline key points to make them stand out. Pay attention when you do this and focus on only highlighting/ underlining the parts that are actually important rather than mindlessly highlighting/ underlining everything.
  • Alternatively go through your notes and draw pictures alongside them to help you remember particular things (these don’t need to make sense to anyone else – as long as it helps you that it the main thing).
  • Spend 10 minutes testing yourself on key words – get a glossary and cover up the definitions and try and remember them and then check your answer. Make a note of the ones you got wrong so you can focus on these in the future.
  • Make/ do a quiz on a topic you know you find hard.
  • Spend 10 minutes writing pretend exam questions and mark schemes on topics you find hard – this will force you to think about the sorts of questions you might be asked and how you are expected to answer these questions.
  • If your textbooks have them – do the practice questions at the end of chapter/ section.
  • Spend 5 minutes debating a topic with someone studying for the same exam. Each take a different side and argue for it using evidence.
  • Draw a comic strip to explain a particular event/ theory.
  • Make flash cards for 10 key words that you always struggle to remember.
  • Make a summary poster of all the parts of a topic you find the hardest to remember and stick it up somewhere where you can look at it often.
  • Record yourself explaining a particular theory/ concept in a couple of minutes and listen to it when you are on the bus/ train etc.

Lastly – not actually a revision technique but spend 10 minutes traffic lighting content for an exam so when you have more time you can focus on the areas that need the most work.


I hope this post has helped you to think of some quick revision ideas – leave comment to let me know what you like to do when you only have a few minutes to revise 🙂

Ellen Allsop

Hello! I'm Ellen Allsop, the creator of EAsy :)

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