As the examination dates comes closer, generally students start panicking about the fact that very little revision has been done so far. But don’t panic: it’s never too late to start revising. Here are some revision tips that will get you off a flying start.
- Draw up a revision timetable: Research shows that shorter 20-30 minute spells work best, because your concentration is much higher. We therefore recommend taking short, frequent breaks. We also advise to mix the order of the subjects.
- Find a quiet place: This is a pretty straightforward one: you desperately need a place where you can be uninterrupted for a few hours. Your room, local or your school/university library will do.
- Use Flashcards: They just have to be functional! Use them to write only key information such as dates, places or formula etc.
- Make summary notes: Go through your whole syllabus and make a list of every important point you need to revise a moment just before your exams. Remember one thing don’t write down every single piece of information(i.e.; things you already know) or copy the whole sentences from a textbook, just use the key ideas or topics in the middle and expand on it with key statistics and facts, try to use lots of diagrams because this will help you to learn the things easily.
- Notebook Notes: Get a small, lined notebook and write down key facts in it, also draw diagrams if needed. Then carry this notebook along with you, maybe go for a walk with it and test yourself as you walk (getting outside is very important and good for your brain!). You can also use mnemonics or silly little tricks to help you remember things.
- Spice up your revision: Use a bit of colour, drawing colourful learning maps will help you to memorize facts. What is even more interesting is the fact that colourful notes are easier to memorize than plain black and white ones. Give it a go!
- Learn Smartly: Try to cover important topics first and then take a look over the rest of the topics from the syllabus, with the help of this technic you can easily be able for gaining high marks in your exams.
- Do plenty of past papers: Go through the previous 10 years of sample paper’s questions. Solve the entire paper, highlight sources you’re given as if you are in the exam; this will also help you in maintaining your exam sheet very well in a given short span of time when you will appear in the exam. Then use the mark scheme to roughly evaluate the marks which would you can have in your exam.
- Use your family and friends: Ask a family member or a friend to help you revise the things, ask them to test you on things from notes; it will definitely help you out for remembering the things. If no one is there to help you out then test yourself by taking self-test.
- Think Positive! : At the end of the day, it’s not all about studying. There are plenty of people who did well in life without 100 per cent in every single exam, or who were actually pretty useless at school and university. Your life isn’t over if you don’t ace the exams, so take the pressure off yourself.
Following these tips you will get loads of work done, feel great about yourself and still have plenty of time to relax with your friends and family. Good luck, now get down to those notes!