Revision Tips for January Exams
After the welcome week, you’re probably beyond excited to actually see what studying Maths is all about and meet your peers. But already in the first week, you will have to face the reality of Uni life, when you’re told that you will have two January exams. While I’m sure you didn’t imagine spending Christmas trying to finally understand modular arithmetic, I hope to be able to give you some tips that should make revision bearable and more effective.
Don’t slack during term time
I’m sure you’re aware of this, but it’s honestly essential. Study for your Foundations tests and try your best with the Analysis notebooks, it will pay off I promise.
Set aside some holiday time
As soon as you come home for Christmas you will just want to enjoy spending time with friends and family and please do so. I’d suggest dividing up your holiday. Maybe 10 days of doing nothing for Uni, 15 days of hardcore working and 5 buffer days. It’s usually more effective to intensively revise for a couple of days than trying to do two hours of revision every day for the whole holidays. It also keeps you sane.
Find revision strategies that work for you
After A-levels you probably know what kind of learner you are. May that be reading the notes over and over again, making flashcards or solving as many questions as you can. A mix of the above is probably best. And definitely don’t just rely on the revision guides the Maths society provides.
If there’s one revision mistake that most first years at Uni make, then it is not learning thoroughly enough. Don’t just learn proofs by heart, you have to really understand them. Don’t think that just because you know everything in the Foundations lecture notes that you will get a good mark. Solving all the tests and past papers and doing well in those is a much better indicator.
Now I hope these four tips help when revising for your first ever University exams. And remember, the January exams aren’t there to torture you. They exist to give you an indication of how much revision you need to achieve a good mark. You’d probably rather know now and be able to improve for summer exam season.
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