Revision

Are you doing too much revision?

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:
  1. Start early This means that you can spread your learning out (and avoids panicked cramming the night before)
  2. Space out your learning  Memorising information takes time
  3. 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
  4. Keep testing yourself  Don’t be embarrassed to use your friends and family. Get them to ask you questions about what you are learning
  5. Look after yourself Sleep and eat well to have a healthy brain
  6. 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
  7. 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/

Revision Tips

Learning how to prepare for exams is an important part of your education, whether you are in school or in university. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your revision time!

1. Organize Yourself

Make sure you know where all your notes and books are, and what it is you need to study!

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How many exams do you have and what topics will you cover? Make yourself lists and timetables so that you can see exactly how much work you can do in the time until your exams. Use mindmaps to split each subject into its individual topics, and break all your work down into manageable chunks.

2. Be Creative 

Not everyone revises best by writing out notes, maybe try more visual-based revision like drawing diagrams and pictures.Do you learn best explaining something out loud? Teach your dog/cat/desk lamp about the subject you are revising! Some people even create songs to help them remember things – find what works for you and do it, even if it doesn’t seem like “traditional” revision.

3. Practice

Get yourself used to doing exams by simulating them at home. Print out some past papers and set yourself a timer so you can see what the real exam will be like. This lets you see what kind of questions might come up and will help you find out what topics you might want to revise in more detail. Also, by the time you are sat in your real exam you’ll be so used to these papers that you won’t stress yourself out too much.

4. Take Breaks & Reward Yourself

No one can work non-stop all the time, so make sure you give yourself breaks. Step away from your desk you are working at to give your brain a change of scenery. Aim to work for 45 minutes at a time, and then give yourself a 15 minute break. Use this time to reward yourself – save your social media scrolling for these breaks, or go grab some food.

5. Stay Healthy

Remember that if you body isn’t being properly looked after, your brain won’t keep up either!

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Reach for some tasty fruits instead of chocolate during your breaks, and remember to drink lots of water. Sugary drinks may help you feel awake but the “sugar crash” is real and will have you burning out eventually. Go for a walk and get some fresh air to take your mind off your notes for a little while. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint!

5. Keep Going

Once you’ve covered everything revise it again. The more often you rewrite your notes the better your memory of them will be. Repetition is how you get your brain to remember things more permanently, and will stop you from going blank in your exams.

Most importantly, remember that your exams do not exist just to torture you – think of them as a stepping stone to your future, whatever you might want that to be.