5 Simple Revision Tips for Students
1. Start early...but don’t panic if you haven’t.
It's always best to start early, especially when it comes to exams. Consider your brain to be a huge computer with a lot of files. If you look over a topic once, it is going to be put into a 'short-term' memory file, a long with things like what you're having tea and what you're doing at the weekend. After a while, this information will get pushed to the back or bottom of a file, and 'forgotten' about until looked over again. Can you remember what you had for tea on 12 February? No, and you won't be able to remember what year Hitler invaded Poland unless you read over it more than a couple of times.
After a while, the information will be transferred into the 'long-term memory file', a much more safer and secure folder that means you'll remember it in the exam and, annoyingly, for years to come. But, isn't that what education is all about?
2. Buy new stationary.
Buying lovely new stationery always motivates me to get cracking with revising. Surely, I'm not the only one? My favourite places to get stocked up on pens, pencils and pads are Sass and Belle and Paperchase. I also love Amazon for its next day delivery for students and B&M and other discount stores are great for saving some dollar too.
3. Revise more than one subject per day.
If you have more than one exam, it's definitely a good idea to split your days up by revision more than one subject or topic. It can be tempting to spend all of your days revising for one exam and then leaving yourself two days to prepare for the next one, but you must avoid this. Plus, mixing it up a little bit will help you to stay focused and refreshed.
I always liked to revise all of my notes first but at university, I quickly realised that a lot of this information wasn't that necessary for written exams. Whilst it is a good idea to refresh your memory and read over your lecture/class notes, I would also recommend, if possible, looking at the past paper questions. If these haven't already been made available, don't hesitate to ask your teacher/lecturer. If your exam is by an exam board, then a quick Google search of the paper title + past papers should bring you some luck.
Be sure to get plenty of rest. It's hard when you have a lot of things on your plate, but, trust me, the right amount of sleep works wonders on the brain. Also, ensure that you're resting well in between revision sessions. This doesn't mean taking a nap (although, sometimes that helps), but doing something to really take your mind off things, such as spending time with friends, doing a sport or reading your favourite book. You'll come back to your desk feeling revived and ready to learn some more.
Do you have any hot revision tips? Let everyone know in the comments or Tweet me @retroandthrift.