My tips for exams and revision.
Hey everyone. Hope you enjoyed the last blog.
Now exam session is upon us, I thought it might be helpful for my third blog to be about revision tips. Obviously, each person has a different approach to revision, as it is not a ‘one method fits all’ kind of thing. I thought I would share my tips. I hope they help.
Planning your revision timetable or schedule is essential. I found that it is easier to stay focussed and on track by making myself a timetable to keep to. I usually break this down into modules, subject areas and timeframe (make sure you are being realistic, don’t set yourself ridiculous goals). I then use this information to make an achievable timetable, this will include reading, note taking, revision and plenty of breaks. I tend to focus on one area per day rather than several, however this can change depending on my mood. I usually try to revise in hour blocks with 15-30 mins break in between. Remember to leave your revision space during breaks, go for a walk or something. Exercise and fresh air will help.
After you gave made your timetable, get a copy printed and put up in your house. Then you can begin to revisit all your notes that you made in lectures. These will act as a rough guide for exam questions. This will also help to narrow down your revision and save time. Rather than just going off on a tangent trying to find relevant information. Also, be sure to re-visit the key readings for your subject and the initial notes you made for them. These will help to refamiliarize yourself with your revision subject and could possibly act as a rough indication of the exam questions. I then build up my notes using bullet points, then I transfer them onto coloured spider diagrams. I find this method easier to retain. Also, I found that post it notes help. Dot them around the house with information on them. (In my first-year exams, my stairs became chronological timeline of historical events in social policy. I would recite them as I went up or down the stairs. Then in the exam I tried to imagine myself walking up the stairs, it made remembering specific dates much easier)
Be sure to find out the previous years questions or ask if your lecturer has access to old papers. You can then use these to practice writing out exam questions (for those who are nervous about the experience). I found that doing this under exam conditions, builds your confidence for the day of the actual exam. I found that I worried less on the day about whether I could write enough in the short space of time. Instead I focussed on what I had been revising.
Preparing yourself well in advanced of your exams is essential. It helps to solidify your knowledge of the subject over a longer period. Cramming the night before does not work for retaining the knowledge of your subject.
I hope some of these tips will help. I have found that by being highly organised during revision season, pays off on results day.
Thank you checking this out. Until next time….