Exam season can be one of the scariest points of the academic year. No matter if you have taken what feels similar to hundreds of tests, each time is different. The best set up to pass exams is to learn revision techniques, master them, and use them efficiently during exam season.
Start revising early
One big mistake that students can make is to not start revising early. They see the deadlines of their exams for the summer and then decide that two weeks is sufficient, but it isn’t! When you know your timetable you should re-organise your time, including your study weeks to support this. It is also smart to revise in the order that your exams are scheduled. There is no point revising your last exam more than the six exams you have first.
Secondly, the best revision technique out there isn’t that complicated – revise often. The more that you revise and study information your brain will create these pathways in your mind, and the more that they are used the stronger they become. You begin to retain the information better and it will be easier to study.
Split it up
If you have a lot of information to learn, whether it is theories or specific dates and information, splitting the information up is extremely effective. When we split the information up, the mind finds it easier to learn these smaller parts than one big section. One example is a telephone or mobile number, when you think of or are learning your mobile number, we usually split it up.
Spider diagrams are amazing – trust us! They are great at allowing you to remember more information. The best technique for spider diagrams, is to make the master copy – with all of the information relating to that one subject/theory/topic on one sheet of paper. Once that is done, try to copy it from memory, (don’t worry the first time you won’t be that good!) and mark yourself – each branch on the diagram is one point. Read through the diagram after you have tested yourself to see where you went wrong. Repeat this often, at least once a week, and soon you will be able to remember more and more each time. And once you get into the exam you can ask for a piece of paper and draw it all out at the beginning of the exam, and all of your information will be there!
Nothing is as effective as repetition. Nothing is as effective as repetition. See! Repeating mock tests, studying past exam papers and notes repeatedly is the only way it will definitely enter your brain. There is no need to revise the same paragraph every hour of the day, but regular sessions will aid the whole study process.
A great way to remember a list or long amounts of information connected to each other. For example, to remember the standard seven colours of the Rainbow: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain which equates to; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. Switching the names or letters to something that you would remember or is personal to you will help!
Lastly, we cannot stress enough that a revision timetable is essentially the best revision technique out there! You need to train your body and mind into a set schedule for at least one month prior to your first exam. Have early nights and don’t lie in – even though it is so tempting – to get your body clock in the right time frame (you don’t want to be groggy at a 9am exam!). Set up a timetable where you write what subjects, topics and points you are going to revise for each day and stick to it! Guarantee that you set this time aside and that you balance all the studying with downtime to relax.
What revision techniques to swear by? Have there been any in the past that worked really well, or not so well for you? Let us know below!
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