Revision is nobody’s idea of a fun time but if you’re dedicated to making the best start for your future career and lifestyle then it is unfortunately essential. Different people can benefit from different revision techniques and there may be some methods below that simply won’t work for you but we’ve still brought together five different ideas which could be the answer for you. Some may seem really simple but once you actually try them out you’ll realise how successful they can be.
OK, so perhaps this first suggestion should be compulsory for all. Drawing up an organised revision plan will give you a better chance of covering your subjects fairly. With so many to get through it may mean you need to plan in hourly or half-hourly blocks. You will of course have those pet subjects where less revision is needed and as much as it hurts, you need to slot them in the shorter spots. Save the longer sessions for those really tricky subjects you know you need to work on.
Notes on notes
This is one of those things many people skip. Simply reading through your class notes often isn’t enough. Rewriting them or writing them in a different way gives your brain a second chance at processing the information – hopefully making it stick a little longer. Even if you just make bullet points from your original notes you are reprocessing the original information.
It takes a little time and isn’t for everyone but flashcards are proven to work for almost everybody. Depending on the subject you can pack them out with specific theories and equations or dates and events so you simply can’t forget them. The beauty of flashcards is you can take them wherever you go so rather than rifling through reams of notes on the bus you can simply flash a couple of cards and give yourself a quick revision bite. There are plenty of online resources and templates for how to layout the most effective flashcard.
Your school should be able to provide you with past examination papers for your subject and even the particular exam board or syllabus you’re following. This means you can practice things which will be very similar to what you’ll see on the big day. Timing yourself when working on past papers is also a good idea as it will give you a better feel for how the genuine test will feel.
I know you may think reading and spending time researching will hamper your subject knowledge. It may even feel like you’re losing focus on the true subject matter. This simply cannot be the case. Understanding more about the subject area, even just in theory, will give you more confidence in the exam.
Preparing for examinations can be stressful. It is hard not to think of the worst case scenario. Exams are designed to put you through your paces but with the right amount of preparation you should have no reason to worry.