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Revision is on every students mind - 4 top tips.

exam help exams learn revision revision help study Apr 25, 2016

At this time of year exams are looming and many students are thinking that they do not have enough hours in the day to revise.

I have been researching the revision mindset for a while and come up with a few golden rules for revision. Obviously, there is no 'one size fits all' however the basics are the same - prepare early - the more you do as you go through the course the easier the revision becomes and you are more likely to succeed.

Simple things to follow: 

1. Simple revision cards - make these are you go through the course and keep refining them. It is easier to keep reading a few things written on a card than pages and pages of text. The cards are a constant reminder of the text.

2. Prepare for notes well. Too many students rush their notes and they look a mess - you are the one who will be reading them so take a little extra care in preparing them. Put in extra little bits of detail and diagrams that will make learning easier (detail can be the difference of a pass and fail on a paper). Summarise notes as you go through the year. Being faced with a stack of notes at the start of a revision period is always daunting. Going over old stuff in advance, organising it and summarising takes the pressure off later.

3. Colours and mindmaps - not for everyone, however there are easy to do either by hand or there are a number of apps to help. If you are up to speed with the Apps use them, however do not get the app within 4 months of the exams as it will take too long to put all your notes on - plan ahead!

4. Past exam papers - do as many of them as you can. When they are marked as why you did not get an A* - and keep asking until you know exactly what the question was asking and where you did not quite get it right - by doing this you will firstly learn more about how to read a question and secondly, you will learn from your mistakes so that you do not make the same mistake again.

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