The libraries are getting busier. Free computers are harder to find. Offers of nights out are being refused. This can only mean one thing… Exams are coming.
We all know that revision is essential for exam prep, but how do you actually do it? I’ve found it interesting that my friends and I revise in completely different ways, even though we’re learning exactly the same stuff. Here are some of our chosen methods. What type of reviser are you?
Why bother lugging a laptop to uni, when the trusty inventions of pen and paper still exist? Call it old-fashioned, but the classic method of handwriting your lecture notes has its merits. Apparently, the process of writing by hand strengthens memory and learning more than typing up electronic notes. Besides, there’s something quite satisfying about condensing a 60-slide Powerpoint presentation into 2 sides of A4!
Turning revision into a social occasion is this person’s skill. Instead of reading or writing, they would much rather talk through the topics with other people instead. And maybe get a little sidetracked and start discussing what you did at the weekend and that funny thing that happened on the way to Uni and what you’re cooking for dinner BUT ANYWAY, group revision is always worth trying because two brains are better than one.
If you’re emotionally attached to your set of coloured pens, this is probably you. Visual learning is your thing – posters, diagrams, mindmaps, sketches… the possibilities are endless. After all, if your revision notes look beautiful, you’re more likely to actually want to revise from them – right?? (Even so, they don’t have to be artistic masterpieces to be helpful!)
There seems to be some mystical creatures among us who can learn everything purely by reading over the lecture slides, or textbooks, without taking notes. I don’t know how it stays in your brain, but I do know that if you’re one of these people, I’m extremely jealous of you.
“But I NEED a computer to revise!” The wonders of modern technology can make revision that little bit easier. I find typing much faster than handwriting notes, and copy + pasting diagrams instead of drawing them has definitely saved many hours of my life (paraphrase text instead of copy + pasting that too, to aid memorisation!). Also, there are loads of websites and apps to help with learning and revision nowadays. Just try not to get distracted by Facebook/Twitter/cat videos etc…
Hands up everyone who’s stayed up ’til at least 2am the day of an exam, desperately attempting to force as much information into your brain as possible, whilst hating yourself for not starting revision earlier… Although last-minute revision might get you a decent pass mark, chances are you won’t remember much of it in a week’s time. This risky technique isn’t helpful in the long-run, so it’s best to kick the habit – easier said than done, I know!