How to revise with the blurting method

The blurting method is a great revision technique that you might have seen all over TikTok, but how can you use it successfully? Follow these steps to blurt your way to good grades!

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What is blurting?

Blurting is a form of active recall, a technique where you actively retrieve information from memory. Blurting involves writing down all the information you can remember on a topic (it doesn't matter about the order or if it's correct at the start) then going back to your notes to find out what you've missed or got wrong. Then you study the topic again, paying extra attention to the parts you didn't remember the first time and keep repeating this process until you remember everything you need to know for your exam. 

How to blurt

1. Get your notes in order

Having your revision material sorted into manageable and memorable topics will make it easier to digest. You can do this by creating clear headings and subheadings in your notes, creating a mind map for each topic or writing your notes onto flashcards.

2. Familiarise yourself with the topic

Read your notes until you’re at the point where you feel you understand the information and remember some of it – you don’t need to remember everything just yet!

3. Blurt it out

Reading your notes only helps you remember so much so this is where we go a step further and start blurting. Cover or hide your notes and grab a blank piece of paper. Start writing down everything you can remember from your notes.

Invest in a whiteboard to save some paper if you want to be a little more sustainable.

Did you know...

The blurting method is so effective because it uses active recall. By testing yourself over and over you’re learning in an active way that makes your memory work harder! This helps you store the information in your long-term memory, so it comes flooding back in your exam.

4. Mark your work

Take another look at your notes and see what information you missed during your blurt. Add the information you missed to your blurting paper in a different colour so it’s easy to see what you need to remember next time.

5. Keep going

Hide your notes and previous blurt and go again! Keep repeating the topic until you feel like you remember everything and can recall it in an exam.

6. Take a break

Blurting is quite an intense revision method and asks your brain to work extra hard so make sure you do it in short bursts and take lots of breaks. Don’t blurt yourself into exhaustion!

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So finding the right revision technique for you can be a little bit daunting but I'm going to show you one that really helped me when I was revising it's called blurting but don't worry I'm going to take you along for the ride and show you everything that you need to do so the first step in this process is to get any revision material that you need so I'm just going to use a pen a highlighter a piece of paper but you could use your notepad as well then I'm going to write down everything I need to know and can remember about the topic that I'm revising so I'm just going to do that now And remember this technique is called blurting so you're literally blurting everything out onto the paper that you can remember about the topic it doesn't need to be neat it can be a bit messy if you need it to be so now I've got my page of notes and I'm going to look in my textbook and see if there's anything that I've forgotten that I need to add as well so I noticed there are a few little things that I forgot so I've added them at the bottom of my page and to help me remember them even more I'm going to do some past exam papers on them or I'm going to look at some extra reading just so it can really stick in my mind once you've done all this repeat the process over and over again until you're able to write down everything that you need to know about the topic that you're revising this technique will probably be better towards the later stages of your revision process just so you have all of the content that you need in order to remember and write this stuff down Also it's really important to remember to have breaks during your revision process if you don't have these times of relaxation it's going to be really hard to focus when you need to