Things have been very busy of late and the exam session is rapidly approaching. As stressful as it is for the student, parents are feeling the brunt of that stress. Any tips and hints to making the revision easier for both parties is always helpful and I found this gem of an idea from Newman University, Birmingham; dated 24 February 2014.
Step 1 – Start by creating a revision timetable
- Balance your time between each subject efficiently.
- If you’ve revised properly you should be able to take regular breaks from revision.
- Research has shown that too much revision is actually counter-productive.
Step 2 – Make your notes manageable
- Instead of having to revise lots and lots of text, summarise your notes further and further until you can whittle them down into key words you can place on cue cards or mind maps.
- You could do this by subject, topic, theme or module
Step 3 – It is vital that you READ
- You must read the set readings or texts.
- Read study notes and authors comments on certain topics.
- Read around the topic
- If you have a set text to read, read it more than once and make notes of key moments or examples to use in your exam.
Step 4 – Form an argument and have an opinion
- Don’t just memorise your notes.
- Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of a topic.
- Be individual – stand out from the crowd.
- Make sure you state your argument in your introduction and be consistent.
Step 5 – Write don’t type
- Exams at school can be up to 2 hours long.
- Exams at College and University can be up to 4 hours long.
- Practice, practice, practice – more information subconsciously sinks in!
- Once confident with the content of each subject, make essay plans and sit past exam papers.
Step 6 – Time is of the essence
- Leave plenty of time to revise before your exams.
- Don’t cram the night before.
- Divide your time effectively.
- Revisit information
- Have time to practice past exam papers.
- Sit past exam papers as if they are the real thing. Practice making quick essay plans and time yourself writing the essay.
Step 7 – Know your learning Style
- Learn best by remembering information in fun and interesting ways.
- Very creative / artistic.
- Revise best by using mind maps, post it notes and highlighters!
- TIP: Organise your notes by using different colours to represent different themes or topics.
- Learn best by hearing information over and over again.
- Revise best by talking out load to themselves or having to explain topics to friends or parents.
- TIP: If you’re feeling rather creative you could make up songs, rhymes or raps to remember certain topics or themes!
- Learn best by taking a “hands on” approach to revision.
- Very interactive / outgoing.
- Revise best by re-writing notes and making visual aids throughout revision.
- TIP: Kinesthetic learners often find that playing sport and exercise during revision stimulates their learning!
- Do the work and it will pay off.
Don’t think of exams as a chore, if you work hard and revise properly you will see that exams are your chance to “show off” to the examiners.
That’s it for this week.
Until next time.