When it comes to exam, revision is one of the most important parts of your preparations, if you ignore it then you will not be at your best when exam time comes around and you could end up with worse grades than you deserve. Regardless of whether you are studying for your law exams like my friend JD Dukes or studying to pass your driving test, the method behind your revision should be the same, good planning and execution. If exam time is coming around soon then here are some top tips on how to revise in the best way possible.
Just Get Started
Don’t mess around putting off your revision, get started as son as you know you have an upcoming exam, the more you put it off, the more you will be adding to your workload at a later date, the last thing you want is to have to cram knowledge into a short space of time just before the exam. Make a plan for your revision, stick to it and don’t lose any days through procrastination.
Make Solid Notes and Use Them Wisely
Good revision comes from making great notes, don’t make them too informative, you don’t need to rewrite a textbook, keep them brief and succinct and don’t spend too much time on making them look pretty, this won’t help. When it comes to using your notes you should adopt a couple of different techniques. First you should place sticky notes all over your room or your home, this will help you learn information by attaching a location to each bit of info thus helping it to stay in your mind. Another method for learning notes is to voice record them, doing this means that you can listen to them in the car or on the bus or even when you sleep, it is a different form of learning and coupled with written notes it will help you to remember the information you are trying to learn.
Take Regular Breaks
There is nothing noble in studying for 12 hours straight without breaks, in fact it isn’t likely to help you very much as your levels of concentration will dip to the point that you no longer can absorb what it is that you are studying. The best way to keep your brain active over the course of long study sessions is to take regular short breaks. An hourly break of 10 minutes can do you the power of good, it can help you to stay focussed, give you the opportunity to go to the bathroom, check social media or tae a drink and have a snack. If you use a regular break for doing these things then it leaves you fully focussed on your studies during the rest of the time. Remember to just take your required break and nothing more, it can be easy to be distracted by things and give up on your revision, don’t let that happen, stay focussed on what you are doing.