Exams. A word everyone dreads, or perhaps not if you like them. Throughout your academic life then you will be faced with them and even today I have exams. When I thought about doing a masters, I didn’t think I’d have any exams but indeed I do and there is one weeks till my exams. I thought my blog post for today could be a revision tips one! To remind myself of what helps me revise as well as helping you! If you don’t have exams then this still might be useful to you if you have to learn anything!
Before you start actually revising, I suggest creating your own revision timetable. That way you can dedicate certain hours or days to what you want to revise, what subject, topic etc. You’ll also be aware of what time you do have until your exam. They are super easy to make and depending on how arty you want to make it, it might only take you 10 minutes to make one!
Something that helped me during my Year 11 exams was using sticky notes, writing one or two words on them and sticking them all over the house! That way every time I walked past one I’d have to say the word and what it meant. Of course, it got annoying when they constantly kept falling down but for the first few days they worked really well.
Write out revision notes using note cards, I used to write everything down and then say it out loud so I would remember or just write out key words and then try to remember what they meant. Or similarly write out your notes then record yourself saying them. Plug in your earphones and listen to yourself!
Practice past papers, I’m sure there are loads online or if not then ask your teacher for some. It’ll help you get familiar with the exam layout, what sort of questions will be asked and even if you wanted, you could time yourself answering the past paper! Also its good to actually time yourself so you know how long you take answering each question.
And lastly (and the most obvious) do not leave revising to the night before! It will not help you whatsoever, trying to cram a years or months work into one late night revision session (and you’ll probably be panicking too) it is a big no. Just save yourself the stress, revise weeks before and on the night before, briefly look over your notes. Then have some water and an early night!