Top revision tips for the upcoming exams

AS WE ARE all very much aware, the next few weeks will be all go. Therefore this is the time, if you haven’t already done so, to start revising. Here are my top five tips to start you off:

studentguidelogo1) Research what you have to know. Read past exam papers. Get to grips with what you will have to deal with in the exam so that you have a good idea of what to prepare. If you are still unsure of what you need, either equipment wise or just to do with the general layout, then ask your lecturer or tutor.

2) Break the content you have to learn down into smaller topics. This will help your ideas be more focused, precise, and easier to remember. It will also seem less daunting if you have smaller chunks to deal with.

3) Read around the subject. This will help you further understand the subject you are revising, but also will give you additional information to back up arguments. Critics are very useful, and being able to apply critical analysis to your argument will help you greatly.

4) Revise in your own way. Not everyone can look at a book for ten seconds and be able to write down the contents from memory. Try different ways of revising if you haven’t found your way. For me, it is with mind-maps and pre-planned essay plans that I can potentially adapt to any question. I know people at A-Level used the tunes of current pop songs and re-wrote them to memorise details of a particular topic. Someone once told me that the best way to get something to stick is to teach it to someone else (especially if the person you are teaching doesn’t have the slightest clue). If you can teach your housemate that does Art History something in your Physics exam, and they understand you, then you obviously know it yourself.

5) Make sure you make time for yourself. If you go to the gym four times a week and love it don’t stop it because you have revision. If you love to sit and play on your Xbox, then make time for that. Make time for your friends, and the things you love doing, and use it as motivation to get some work done, because there isn’t long left.

Good luck!