Studying for Exams
Revision tips

For a dyslexic student efficient use of time is the key to success when studying for exams. There is so much information to learn in a limited amount of time. You need to pack as much knowledge into your brain as possible.

What do you need to read?

Reading is generally more time consuming for dyslexic people. You must make sure you are reading the essential material.

You need to find out what questions may come up in the exam, so you know what to revise. There are two ways of doing this (that don’t involve cheating).

  1. Talk to your teacher/lecturer and ask them directly, what are the most important areas to revise? They may tell you, they may not, but there’s no harm in asking. Generally they will give you some hints as you’ve shown initiative.

  2. Get some passed exam papers, if they are available. If you don’t know where to get them from just ask your teacher or lecturer. Try to get as many as possible you may be able to see which topics come up regularly.

What do you already know?

When it comes to remembering information for exams you need to establish what knowledge you already have. Just ask yourself before you start each section what do you already know? You will then be able to establish what other information you need to learn.

Use cue cards with bullet point notes:

You want to make your revision notes as concise as possible. The bullet points you write should trigger your memory and knowledge of a particular topic. You will need more bullet points for topics you are less familiar with.

Memorising the difficult bits:

For some exams you may have to remember names, dates and other things that are hard to memorise. If you find some things difficult to remember use one of these techniques. Click here for Memory Techniques.


When studying for exams it's important to make the most of your time. Try to make an effort to find out all you can about what might come up in your exams. Then all you need to do is find the most efficient ways to learn the information.

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