Exams are just around the corner and so we’ve compiled our top revision tips…
You’ll hear it all the time, but factoring in the odd bit of exercise will help clear your head and improve concentration if you’re revising for your next exam. We’re not talking daily marathons here – even a quick walk could help de-stress. Give it a Go have plenty of fitness-related events on in January to get you pumped.
And don’t forget to make sure there’s plenty of fresh fruit and veg in your diet to help to keep your memory, concentration and focus as sharp as can be. Check out 10 foods to boost your brainpower for inspiration.
Completely underrated, but getting a good 8 hours sleep each night will leave you prepared for more revision – even when you really don’t think you can fit anymore in! With 24-hour access, late-night Robbo sessions may seem tempting, but remember to make time for your 40 winks, as you’ll take more of it in when you’re well rested
To be organised and productive you should make yourself a revision timetable. Try splitting all your topics into different sections, by weeks, days or times of the day. By doing this you’ll be able to visualise when you should be doing your revision, which topics still need to be covered and, importantly, what you’ve already achieved.
When it comes to revision it’s so easy to get distracted by our phones, the internet or people around us, so where you choose to revise is important. Find a spot where you know you can be productive, whether it’s the Robinson Library, a cafe or at home. Get comfy, put your phone on ‘do not disturb’ and then get out your revision timetable!
Let’s be honest, revision season is the perfect time to splurge a little bit on stationery. Digging into your bright shiny new pens is sure to lift your mood and make it all the easier to keep you motivated.
Draw diagrams, use sticky notes and remember that highlighters are your new best friend. They help you spot the key information and remember it. However, remember to highlight sparingly – you’re not trying to be Picasso!
It may be tempting to power through until the work is done, but a break every now and again will refresh your mind and give you a chance to take a breather. Take at least a 5-minute break for every 20 minutes of revision. It is important you take enough breaks to ensure productivity, if you try and revise non-stop you won’t be retaining as much information as you think and all that time spent trying to remember a particular topic may go to waste.
And it may sound obvious, but there’s nothing worse than being hungry or thirsty when you’re trying to revise. 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 enjoy during breaks and keep you going.
Once you have a way of revising or a place you revise, revision can become pretty routine so it’s nice to mix it up every now and again. You could change the place you are revising, who you are revising with or even a different method of revision. All of these things will give you a fresh flow of inspiration and motivation for studying.
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 available via Blackboard. Check out Which Revision Method Suits You? for help finding your style!
After the stress of an exam and yet more revision to come, winding down is key to keeping your head. Enjoying a hobby, cooking, exercising or making a quick phone call of strictly non-exam related chat to a friend can keep up spirits and leave you in a better mood to be productive.
Your exam is over and you can’t do anything about it now – so what’s the point in over-thinking the paper and beating yourself up about it? If time management was a problem, make sure in the next exam you’re keeping watch of the clock. Learn from your mistakes but don’t let them get you down.
Looking for more tips? Check out 20 Top Revision Tips as shared by our students.
And finally, hang in there everyone – you’ve got this!