As exam season looms ever larger for students across the UK, or perhaps yours has started already, thousands of students will be scouring the web for the very best revision techniques. The truth is that there is no “one size fits all” approach to this that works for everyone, there are however some helpful pointers which could help you find the best way to revise.
In our latest blog, we look at the most popular revision tips and also dispel some of the myths that we think could be red herrings and end up leaving you in considerable strife come exam day.
When looking for the best way to revise, you really need to assess your own strengths and weaknesses in order to establish the regime that suits you the best. What works brilliantly for one person may not for the next and trying to mimic what your friends and peers are doing may not necessarily be prudent either. As studies have shown, the human brain reacts in different ways to revision methods whether these are hardcore notes, videos, post-it notes or even recordings, so make sure you do what you find the most comfortable. Whatever system you choose, we think that the following revision tips will help you to formulate a fool-proof plan for success:
There’s No Time Like The Present – The sooner you get going with your revision, the better you are going to fare. The human brain is a wonderful, powerful thing but there is only so much you can cram in at the last minute so give yourself a real chance of success by starting early and getting absolutely every topic covered, comprehensively.
Take a Break – When you get into the swing of your revision, it can be very easy to get carried away. It isn’t a competition where the person who has done the most revision wins – it is about how much information you can retain and take into the exam hall.
No Marks for Aesthetics – A big trend we have seen here at Almero over the years, when talking to our customers about exam period, is how pretty their notes look. It doesn’t make sense to take loads of time making your revision notes look really pretty as ultimately this will get you no further come the big day. There is no harm in making your notes easy to read and even highlighting key points, but by ensuring they are simple and to the point; you will free up time for more effective revision.
Post It’s – This is a traditional revision tip, but definitely one that works. If you are revising for an exam that requires you to learn sequences or perhaps quotes, then make sure you leave plenty of triggers around the house. Admittedly, this could cause a real mess in your student accommodation during exam period, especially if there are several of you studying for different exam, but there is no denying how this technique helps you to absorb key information.
Revise In Peace – Our final tip for getting the most out of your revision is probably the most crucial one, especially in today’s information age. We strongly recommend that you revise in peace and quiet, with no television, music (unless you like Bach or Mozart) or social media. All this will do is break your concentration. Instead, stick to your revision timetable and then treat yourself with a few hours on Instagram or your favourite TV programme.
Devise a Revision Timetable
Now, we are sure that every parent, school teacher and lecturer you have ever come into contact with has told you about the merits of a revision timetable. The fact of the matter is that they are right and scheduling your revision effectively is probably the most effective way to plan your attack and guarantee exam success. Student life is hectic, with all sorts of commitments popping up all the time such as sports, socials, nights out, lectures, seminars and travel. It can be incredibly easy to keep procrastinating when it comes to your revision, especially if the subject matter is something you find rather challenging or just plain boring. By creating and then crucially adhering to a strict revision timetable, you can fit in all the things that are important to the modern student and also ensure that you are suitably prepared and in the know when your exams arrive. These days, there are all sorts of online calendars available which will allow you to set up alerts and alarms so that wherever you are, you will know exactly what you should be revising and when.
A pragmatically thought out and well-structured revision timetable is probably our biggest recommendation when it comes to getting the most out of your revision as putting things off accumulating and massive backlog is one of the biggest reasons for failure when it comes to exams. We hope these tips help you to achieve excellence when the time for your exams arrives.