It’s that time of year again – the countdown to exams! The frenetic chase to cram in as much knowledge as possible before they start needs to be met with a measure of calm to help ensure you get the most out of the revision you undertake.
Here are our top tips for revision this year:
Be Organised – Start Early
It’s never too late to start, but it is better to start early. Draw up a timetable of your week, including any commitments you have, and fill in when you are going to study. Sticking to this timetable will allow you to spend many more hours on your subject compared with cramming your revision in the final days leading up to the exams.
Procrastination can be your enemy! Social media, messages and latest updates can all be an easy temptation that can lure you away from your studies. Put your phone on silent, or turn it off altogether to ensure you give yourself every chance to have some quality sustained revision time. It’s ok to have breaks, but not every 10-15minutes. Work towards these breaks and use them to catch up on any updates your desperate to catch up on.
Learning by osmosis can be an extremely important and useful tool. Write up important formulas, quotations, historical facts etc. on post-it notes or index cards and stick them up on available display space in your home – whether it is on your desk, bedroom walls or even on the fridge door, displaying your revision notes ensures you are regularly looking at it. This will allow you to take on board this information and make it easier to remember and, more importantly, easier to recall when you need it.
Practise, Practise, Practise
Make use of the resources available online. A simple search on the internet will provide you with links to past papers and focussed questions you can have a go at answering. By fitting these into your study timetable you will be gaining valuable experience at answering questions you will be faced with in your upcoming exams. The questions you struggle with can help you refine future revision and allow you to spend your study time wisely.
Don’t Just Read, Do!
Write down your revision notes. By writing down key information in your own words, you will be improving your understanding of the subject studied. Some areas will have links to other areas of the subject studied – look for them, identify them and make a note of them. Cross-referencing can help build a stronger foundation to your learning. As you gain confidence, look for a willing audience to explain the subject you’re studying. Encourage questions of anything they don’t understand. If you can explain clearly, then you’ve got it, if not, you know where you need to put some time in studying.
Be Stress Aware
Exams and the lead up to exams can, quite understandably, be stressful. Nerves can be put to good use, but allowing the stress to take over can be counter-productive. Remember, exams are an opportunity to show off what you do know. Doing your best is the most anyone can expect from you.
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