As the exams approach stress and panic begins, so to help you remain calm I’m here to deliver my top revision tips to help you do your best.
When it comes to revision there always seems to be so many subjects to cover and so little time, but with these top tips you’ll be organised, productive and get everything covered before your exam.
To be organised and productive you should make yourself a revision timetable where you can split all your topics into different sections, by weeks, days or times of day. By doing this you’ll be able to visualise when you should be doing your revision, what topics still need to be covered and, importantly, what you’ve already achieved.
If you want to make it even more visually pleasing you can add colours for your different subjects.
When it comes to revision it is so easy to get distracted by our phones, the internet or people around us, so it is important where you choose to revise. Find a spot where you know you can be productive, whether that is the library, a cafe or at home. Get comfy, put your phone on ‘do not disturb’ and then get out your revision timetable!
There is nothing worse than being thirsty and hungry when you are revising as it can be very distracting and make it hard to concentrate. So, make sure you take a bottle of water and some healthy snacks to keep you going.
There are so many different ways to revise. Not all will work for you, so try out a few different methods and find the one that works best. There are mind maps, cue cards or mini revision booklets. You could annotate, colour code, re-write and read through your notes. You could even practice writing out the essay or get your hands on any past papers that might be available via Blackboard.
By trying all these different methods you’ll be able to see which ones work best for you and help you retain as much information as possible.
Take a 15-20 minute break after every hour of revision. It is important you take enough breaks to ensure productivity. If you don’t take breaks your focus decreases and less information is likely to be taken in. Taking a regular break will help the brain have the capacity to absorb more information and it also gives you a chance to get a well-deserved snack or some water.
Don’t try and revise for hours and hours to cram in all the information you need for your exam. Remember to take a break and go do something fun. If you try and revise non-stop you won’t be retaining as much information you think and all that time spent trying to remember a particular topic will have gone to waste.
Finally, make sure you have checked your exam timetable and know exactly what date, time and room your exam is in. Add it to your timetable as an end goal, this can help you stay motivated as you can see the end is in sight!