Top Tips for Revision

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To help you through Summer Term exam revision and coursework, the SU is bringing the Exams Campaign online to support you as much as we can during these unexpectedly challenging times.

So, instead of wheelbarrows full of bananas, we’ve come up with some top tips to help you revise and get through any remaining coursework you’ve got left to submit.

Now, more than ever, it’s essential to get into the practice of carving out time for working on different topics of revision or different sections of your essays. The days can seem like they’re blending into one while we’re all staying indoors so following these guidelines will help you develop some good habits for time management and breaking up the day.

  • Be realistic – there's no point setting a plan that you won't be able to stick to
  • Set aside a different area for working than relaxing or taking meals, if you can
  • Make it detailed –  break your revision/essay into chunks, specify times for studying and assign each time to a particular subject
  • Be prepared to make changes to your study planner – life always throws up surprises, and some topics may take you longer than you planned for
  • Give yourself little rewards after a study session to stay motivated
  • Build in breaks – you don't want to get burned out
  • Look at your study plan as a set of guidelines rather than something that should be followed without thinking
  • Give yourself time before an exam to review all the content you need to learn
  • Build in time to proofread your essays before submission – this will allow you to pick up on any mistakes or something you might want to rewrite

Once you’ve got your exam timetable down, you might be wondering what revision style would be best for you.

If you're a visual learner, Mind Maps are a great way to lay out information, plan the flow of an essay or consolidate a larger, complex subject into digestible chunks. We’ve taken a look and found a couple of great software packages that can help you make mind maps without needing reams and reams of paper.

If you don’t find mind maps so helpful, perhaps making online flashcards is the way forward. Here are a couple of software applications that might be helpful:

If you’re looking for software to just make some generic revision resources to consolidate notes you’re making from ListenAgain or textbooks, we also have a couple of suggestions for you:

Hope these are helpful!

Happy revision!


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