People often use many different revision techniques to aid them in their studying, that’s if they study at all! Follow our top revision tips to get the most out of your studies.
- Location, Location – Pick a place where you are comfortable with no distractions or external stressors. Some people find that a quiet setting is best but it’s your personal preference and what works best for you. The time of day is also important. Others find it easier to revise in the morning, while other people prefer revising in the evening. It’s all about what works for you and utilising that. However, getting up too early or staying up too late to revise can have a detrimental effect, and studying while tired is a waste of time.
- Utilize your time – Plan your time effectively and use it well. It helps to have these plans set in place so that you can make the most of your time. Set alarms if you need to so that you are regularly being reminded that you have to study. Constant reminders will hopefully keep you on track, and no pressing snooze! Set yourself time limits to revise a particular topic, for example an hour or two per topic. Once you know a topic like the back of your hand, treat yourself! I’ve heard that chocolate can be a very good motivator…
- Discover your learning style – This is covered in our other blog and it can be very useful. For me, it would be useless for me to listen to audio versions of notes as I’d get distracted and not a lot would sink in, however I love reading and find it more beneficial when I’m trying to learn something. Different people have different learning styles, so find yours and use the suitable techniques to help you revise more efficiently!
- Break time – Taking a break is important. If you try to cram too much information in a short space of time, your brain is going to overload and you won’t learn anything, which is not your aim. If you work for too long on a task, it can actually decrease productivity. When you take your break, get away from your study space. Going for a walk and getting some fresh air will help you tackle your revision with a renewed sense when you get back to it.
- Keep calm – A really good way to revise is to leave it all until the last minute, and then spend more time stressing than revising, said no one ever. The best time to revise is weeks, or months before you have to. Learning a little bit, slowly, keeps it fresh in your mind and it won’t actually feel like you’re revising closer to the exam because you’ll already know it, right?
- Quiz time – At least once a week, get a friend or family member to quiz you on what you have learnt. You’ll find out what has sunk in, and what things you are unclear on and need to work on. This way you find out what you need to focus on more instead of just skimming over the topics under the false notion that you already know it!
- Lastly, it doesn’t count as revision if you’re tweeting about it, or checking Facebook every five minutes. Social media is a huge distraction and will still be there after you’ve finished. Try to limit yourself and concentrate on what’s important!