With exam period starting today, many people at the University will be continuing to revise for their up and coming assessments. My one and only exam is on the 1st of June and I’m already well into my revision.
At the end of the teaching period, lecturers seminar tutors often try to give revision tips and different ways to prepare for exams. But the truth is, everyone learns in different ways, so there’s no one technique that’s going to work for every single student. Having said that, I thought that I would give you a bit of an insight into the way that I revise, in the hope that you might find a technique that appeals to you!
So today I went into the Ryman on campus to purchase my final revision materials – and A3 sketch book and some post-it notes. I already have the pens, pencils, sharpies and highlighters!!
The best way for me to revise is to write things down, sometimes numerous times in various different ways. There’s something about writing and re-writing facts that means that they get into my head, so I often reproduce my lecture notes again and again – it sounds boring but it’s pretty effective! As you can tell by my talk of highlighters and sharpies, I often use bright colours and create posters that I can cover my bedroom walls in, because the more I see the facts, the more likely I am to remember them.
But it’s not all about lecture notes, if it was I’d just learn them off by heart!
In order to get a first class mark, you are expected to do additional reading around the topic areas. I incorporate the extra reading that I do into my re-written notes so that everything is together. History exams, as you might expect, often require you to provide evidence in the form of primary sources, so I also dedicate part of my revision to memorising different examples.
Another key thing to think about when you’re revising, is where you work best. Personally, I work the most effectively in my room, I find that crowded places – such as the library, especially during this period (!) – really distracting. But for a lot of other people, the library provides a place with no distractions – no TV, no house mates, etc. As I said before, it’s really a matter of personal preference.
But it’s okay not to know what the best way for you to revise is, because you’ve the opportunity to try out different ways and find out what works!
If you want to read up a little more about other ways to revise, here’s a great page to get you started.