Struggling to memorise your notes despite constant re-reading?
Do you spend a lot of time making revision notes?
Spend lots of time thinking about all the revision you need to do instead of actually revising?
If you said yes to any of these….you’re not alone! Almost every student (no matter how old!) can struggle with revising efficiently.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry – trial and error is needed because everyone works differently.
I’m Josiane and I’m a second year Psychology student. Like any other student, I have been faced with tests and exams all my life. But it is only now that I am starting to get the hang of how to revise in a way that works best for me.
I have put together a list of 7 ways to revise better using my years of exam experience. This works wonders on anyone and everyone!
7 ways to revise better:
- Start early This means that you can spread your learning out (and avoids panicked cramming the night before)
- Space out your learning Memorising information takes time
- Don’t cram! Actors don’t leave their rehearsals until the day before the performance…so why should you leave all your work to do the night before an exam? You may struggle to learn new information in such a short space of time
- Keep testing yourself Don’t be embarrassed to use your friends and family. Get them to ask you questions about what you are learning
- Look after yourself Sleep and eat well to have a healthy brain
- Teach someone else This helps your memory – you will need to know what you are talking about back to front in order to teach someone else
- Sleep! This helps you to remember the revision you have learned. If you get a bad night’s sleep then your brain won’t be working at it’s best…It’ll be harder to recall information you need
But most importantly:
keep calm and stay positive – you can do it!
If you want to learn more about revising efficiently then check out this link: https://forwardthinking.ppls.ed.ac.uk/2017/12/02/revision-tips-psychology/