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1. Start revising months in advance.
It is important to start revision almost straight away, in order to keep on top of it. Cramming your study weeks or even days before an exam, which may work for some, often results in panic and the information not being fully immersed. Beginning revision earlier provides plenty of time for your notes and key information to be absorbed. This also gives you extra time to go over areas of a subject that you are unsure of or not as confident in, and strengthen any weaknesses you have in those subjects.
2. Create a revision timetable.
Making a revision timetable is extremely helpful for getting into a routine with revision.
3. Compact your notes.
When rewriting your notes, it is very helpful to shorten them, rather than reading through continuous pages of notes. Extracting the key pieces of information and transferring it onto a flash card or Post-It note makes the rewriting process more efficient.
4. Read your notes aloud.
For some, reading over notes aloud several times is helpful in memorising their notes. This tip is possibly more helpful to those studying languages, for a speaking exam or to improve on their speaking and pronunciation.
5. Ensure that you’re in a suitable working environment.
It is important when revising to avoid distractions such as a mobile phone or television. Many students prefer a quiet space such as their bedroom or the library are the most appropriate. It is also important that this workplace is kept tidy. It will be difficult to revise and work on a messy desk.
6. Use past examination papers.
This is important in helping to get used to answering exam-style questions. The use of past papers should become more frequent in the weeks leading up to the exams.
7. Make mind maps.
Doing this helps as a visual revision technique to link causes and events to one another and this strengthens the understanding of the topic. Also, being a visual revision source, pinning finished mind maps to the walls or doors around the house helps to absorb the information.
8. Take breaks in between revision sessions.
It is important that you don’t wear yourself out by spending intense periods of time revising. You should allow yourself time to relax and give your brain a short break at the same time (e.g. after every 30 mins–one hour of revision, take a ten-minute break).
9. Revise with friends or other classmates.
Arrange to meet with some friends or some classmates and test one another with questions and past papers. This makes revision seem like less of a chore as you are amongst friends, however, ensure that you maintain your work ethic and don’t slack because you are with friends.
10. Summarise your revision notes.
Once you reach the end of each module and your note making, put them to one side and try to summarise what you have just written or learned. You can repeat this several times as this will help you understand the subject more and also help you to remember it.
I’d like to hope that these tips have been beneficial to students and their revision routines and provided extra advice on some techniques that I used when revising.