Keep calm and carry on revising 0

Over the years, I’ve had to undertake several dozen exams, from GCSEs to A Levels and finally during my Undergrad. Over the years, you realise whether you as an individual love or hate exams for me I really struggled with revision but I found a technique which helps me during the most stressful time.

1: Past Papers

I found revising through the use of previous exam questions the most beneficial as I could see the layout of the exam, see the marks awarded to each question, and plan a layout of how to answer the questions. With most exams they follow a similar structure so if you do plenty of previous exams you’ll find that the nerves before you open the exam paper disappears.

Not only that if you do previous papers you can get your lecturer to mark the work and talk you through why he awarded those marks and what you could do it improve the marks given.

2: Music

For me, listening to music while you revise gives your brain a rhythm to work with and this helped me with remembering the work, I know during the exam you can’t listen to music but if you have a tune in your head if you can work to beat and hopefully it reminds you of the revision you have done

3: Buddy up

If you are someone who gets distracted easily then finding a buddy from the same course is a welcome relief, they often make you feel a bit more competitive and focused on the job at hand.

4: Timing

I know you’ve probably heard this one before, but give yourself plenty of time to revise, there is nothing worse that a last minute cramming session as you often forget the tiny details which often prove most important, allow yourself proper time to revise, start a 2 weeks before the exam date so you fully understand the content and subject

5: Sleep

Often when revising you want to revise for hours into the night, this often doesn’t encourage your brain to remember details, allow your brain to to switch off and yourself to sleep, working through the day often brings best results as you sleep during the night. Don’t go into the exam with little sleep, as you and your brain need the sleep to be able to focus.

6: Decorate

Once you have done a set of revision notes put them up around your room or house so when you enter that location you get to read or revise what you have already done. Best locations Wardrobe, Bathroom, Mirrors, Fridge

7: Ask for help

If you do become stuck, don’t be afraid to ask lecturers or classmates for help if you don’t know what to revise or are struggling with revision. You can go for a drop in session at the cwad, or if you feel you need more support, contact your tutor:

8: Unwind

Although revision is important don’t allow it to overtake your life, the stress can be counterproductive and in fact harm you confidence going into the exams if thats the case, check out our Counselling team for advice on how to cope with the stress that exams can create.

9: Use mind maps to connect ideas

If you find it difficult to remember tons of new study notes, Mind Maps may be the key to improving your memory. The theory behind mind mapping explains that making associations by connecting ideas helps you to memorise information easier and quicker.

10: Understand your learning style

Everyone thinks that there is a best way to study but the reality is that everyone is different. Recalling new information will become much easier once you understand your learning style. Are you a visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinaesthetic learner? Or do you use more than one or all of the learning styles?