How to revise for exams in high school

Updated: May 1

By Gaby Ndongo


Regardless of the number of times you have written exams, it’s normal to be a little bit nervous because every exam is different. Below are 7 tips to help you ace your next exams.


1. Revise all form of assessments


Work once more on the class exercises, tests, weekly and major assignments given during the term(s). Our tutors at JoziTutors can assist you to do so and use the feedback in these assessments to identify your areas of weakness.


Take note of your mistakes or things you do not understand and ask your teacher and/or tutor(s) to help you work on these areas.


It will also give you a chance to get accustomed to the type of questions that are regularly asked during assessments and which may be asked in exams.

Remember the verb ‘assess’ when you review of the assignments that were given to you during those terms. Image obtained from Pixel.

2. Make use of your school’s teaching staff


Consult your teachers for clarification on anything you didn’t understand during the term(s). Remember that they are paid to ensure you pass with the highest marks that you can obtain.


But they can only do so if you consult. So, you should approach them for assistance on any of the subject work that is troubling you.

Visit your teachers at times just to check them out. Photo by Nappy from Pexels.

Get a tutor to help you revise for this upcoming exam.


3. Consult your notes


Refer to and then modify the notes taken during class and revision periods. Some of these sets of notes are usually personal as they are written in ways that only you can understand, which makes the revision process easier.

It’s not easy but take it into account. Photo obtained from Pexels.

4. Attend all revision sessions


Attending those exam revision classes can be a strenuous exercise but make sure you go anyway. Teachers tend to give important tips that are worthwhile.


Attending workshops is also a good idea as you get the chance to meet students who are in the same state of mind as you are. It’s always reassuring to know that you are not the only one who is feeling nervous and stressed.


But if both of they do not work, it is best to have a tutor who will focus on your individual needs.

Let your see free only after the revision session. Photo by Pixabay Stock Photos from Pexels.

5. Communicate your knowledge to someone


Explaining what you remember to a friend or family member is a good exercise for your memory and understanding.


You may want to impress your girlfriend by explaining all those complicated terms you’ve been learning. Or, try and explain something in very simple terms to a younger sibling.

Don’t shout but speak to the person/people about what you’ve learnt so far. Photo by Gratisography from Pexel.

6. Use multimedia: text, images, audio and videos


My young brother was doing sciences in high school. Despite all the complex subjects that he had to deal with such as pure Maths, Life Science, Physics, Geography, he still managed to score distinctions in all of them in his final matric exam.


He says that the tricks that worked for him are to keep the work as a summary and make use of videos to learn and revise content. In his case, YouTube videos come in-handy to explain the processes that he found difficult to understand and remember.


7. Make your study material portable


One of my tutors gave me a piece of solid advice. She said it is helpful to transfer readings and typed notes to my phone so that I could read them anywhere.


Doing this means you can revise your work when travelling to school in a taxi or bus. This is also time saving.


Using blank cards to write key words and phrases upon can also be helpful as they will serve as revision and memorising items, for instance when you’re standing in a queue at a shop. JTs

Examples of the blank cards to use, for key words and phrases, to assist you in revising while boarding a bus or queuing in a shop.

This article is a modified version of the article title HOW TO Revise For Exam, published by The Open Journal.Writing by Gaby Ndongo. Editing by Amber Richardson. Feature image courtesy to Pixel.

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