One of the many things that come with going back to university after a break are all the tests and exams. And with exams, come revision. Whether your revision involves opening up those notes for the first time this year or going through them again just to remember the little things, the purpose of revision is pretty simple; to understand the topic, and to learn it. There’s plenty of ways you could revise, but having some strategies could make your time spent more effective.
Making a revision plan could be very helpful, but you need to make sure you cover everything important. You’ll have to come up with a timetable first, make sure you balance out all your modules in that timetable, and also make sure you cover the key topics. Once you’ve come up with the timetable, you’ll have arrange your revision material so you don’t waste time doing this later.
After you’ve finished, what essentially is step one, you’ll have to figure out which way of revising works best for you. There’s a few different things that could work for you. Making notes might be the one for you, or you could try memorising, or even drafting model answers.
Which one you use depends on your learning style. Might even be that a combination of these works best for you!
Making notes simplifies a lot of the stuff you need to learn, and compresses the topics, making learning a simpler process. However, this might be quite time consuming. If you usually find memorising things straight away easier, you could skip the step of making notes and go for memorising the original content to begin with. For me personally, drafting answers seems to work best. I usually start off by analysing the question and thinking of ways to answer it. This gives you a chance to think of various angles as well. You can also prepare better for an exam by practicing writing these answers under time pressure. This tests whether you know the topics and also if you can reproduce what’s in your head, in the given time frame.
All these methods for revising are great, but revising all year around definitely helps a lot more. Especially if note making is your thing, it takes sometime to actually make all the notes so starting off early in the year helps. It also gives you a chance to go through the lecture slides and think off all the various angles in ways you could answer a given question. Even after revision on your own if you still find that you’re confused with a particular topic, this gives you time to reach out for help and make sure you get it sorted
Hopefully these tips help you on the next exam of yours!