It's easy to fall into the trap of following the crowd and revise how your best friend does. However, we can't tell you how important it is to take control of your studying and make it work for you. Here at Kortext, we understand it can be a stressful time, so we’ve put together 8 revision tips for you to “boss it”.
1. Revise early
By planning in your revision and starting a few months before it will help you to feel more prepared. Sometimes revising straight after the lesson finishes, just by looking over your notes, is a great way to get ahead of the game.
2. Do something with your notes
By “doing something” we don't mean forget about them (or bin them). Research by Dunlosky et al (2013) suggests that we revise better when we actually connect with the information. So if connecting information by association can help to consolidate information in our brains, why not see how many Post-Its it takes to cover your windows? Or your dog?
3. Sleep on your notes
This concept is most successful with auditory learners but why not try it? We aren't talking about putting an exercise book under your pillow and hoping to learn by osmosis. Record your notes in the form of a song or rap and play it as you drift off to the land of nod.
4. Create a revision timetable
Get out your gel pens or highlighters and create a revision timetable. Don't plan for every hour of the day but perhaps split your revision up by topic or by your units. Check out this handy example.
5. Have a break
Get away from your computer and the books, make yourself a cup of tea and go outside. Our point is, by removing yourself from the revision bubble you’ve created you give yourself a chance to breathe and encourage fresh ideas.
6. Don’t compare your revision to others...
Don't compare. Everyone has their own study styles from cramming last minute to starting months in advance. Comparing your style or revision notes to others can cause you to panic, lose confidence and cry in a corner- DON’T do it to yourself!
7. ...But do have study groups
Studying can be tiresome especially if you are a lone ranger. Sometimes it's a nice break to move to a coffee shop and get friends to quiz you.
8. Remember everyone is different!
We weren't lying in the words of wisdom at the beginning of this blog. So the most important piece of advice is, everyone is different- do what suits you.