It’s exam season – and students up and down the country are busy revising for their GCSEs or A-levels.
And it seems many youngsters are taking to Tiktok to find review and study tips. The hashtag #StudyWithMe has a whopping 3.5 billion views, and #StudyTips has clocked 2.6 billion views.
Now, education experts at Studee have put together a round-up of the best studying and revising tips and tricks trending on TikTok. These are listed below, alongside links to the TikTok accounts and videos.
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Top study tips according to TikTok
1. Use the repetition technique
Trying to memorize everything that could come up in an exam is super hard. TikTok users suggest repeating things in a certain way to help you retain more information. If you want to memorize something try:
- Read it 10 times
- Saying it 10 times
- Writing it twice
See video here. Account: @studentlife101
2. Give blurting a go
Blurting is a type of active recall. Instead of repeatedly reading your study content, choose a topic to review. Write down everything you can remember about it from memory without looking at the textbook. Then compare it to your study materials and see what you haven’t remembered and need more practice on.
See video here. Account: @unjadedjade
3. Try the Pomodoro method
If you find it hard to concentrate and stop procrastinating, try the Pomodoro technique. This method gets you to work in 25-minute blocks with 5-minute breaks in between. After 4 sessions you take a longer break. It’s a great way to help you get rid of distractions when reviewing.
See video here. Account: @jayguiler
4. Use flashcards
Flashcards can be really useful if you get stuck in a rut of just writing out pages of revision notes. Write out a statement or question on one side of the flashcard, then flip it over and write the answer or definition on the other. Use these to test your knowledge.
See video here. Account: @studywithgs
5. Keep your focus
If you struggle to keep your focus when studying, try a technique from Neil Gaiman. Only give yourself two options, you can either sit there and do nothing, or you can work – nothing else. You aren’t allowed to pick up your phone, browse online, or do something else. You’ll eventually feel so bored that you’re likely to crack on with your work.
See video here. Account: @addittiagrawal
Do you have any good review tips? Let us know in the comments below
6. Don’t waste time making pretty notes
One TikTok video suggests reading a page of your notes and writing short summaries on sticky notes of what you have read. Then use these notes to write your longer-form revision. Don’t waste time making the notes look good if you don’t understand what you’re writing, simply write out the practical information you need to learn.
See video here. Account: @justyourlittleasianfriend
7. Study at regular intervals
Don’t fall victim to the forgetting curve and try spaced repetition. Review a topic, then revisit it the next day, after three days, and after seven days. This is thought to be the perfect amount of time to help your brain remember information.
See video here. Account: @unjadedjade
8. Use google sheets for online learning
If you prefer to do your review online this could be the hack for you. Open up google sheets, and write out all the questions you think could come up in an exam. Write the answers in the next column and then turn the writing white. Answer each question, then go back through and mark yourself.
Color the row green if you got it right, yellow if you were nearly there, and red if you got it wrong or didn’t know. You can then work out which questions you need to focus on.
See video here. Account: @thatrelatablestudent
9. Create a study calendar
If you’re unsure of when you should be revising each topic, the 2,3,5,7 revision rule could help you make the perfect revision schedule.
Get a calendar and write down the date of your exam. The day before will be a full revision day, then count backward two days from the last revision day and that will be the next revision day, do the same for the next 3, 5, and 7 days and you’ll have a perfect revision calendar.
See video here. Account: @missangler