Remove Distractions: the biggest hinderance to revision is procrastination. Removing distractions (especially your phone!) is the best way to make it easier to concentrate and be more productive. There are also ways to temporarily block sites like facebook, which helps prevent distraction even if you need to use your computer for other things.
Try using mindmaps: whether you create your own by hand or use a program such as iMindMap 5 or Coggle they can help you to actually memorise what you are studying and replicate it in the exam before you start writing. They can also help to work out relationships and correlations spatially where linear revision just doesn't help.
Find out what works for you: Take various learning styles tests online and for the most common result research their strategies. Also evaluate all the revision methods you have used in the past for every exam, then rate them from a scale of 1 - 4 (1 being highest), then combine all the '1's' and use them as revision strategies.
I was pretty obsessed with revision strategies when it came to exams. I tried out millions of strategies, and unfortunately only a few worked. The following really guaranteed me my A*'s:
Do the obvious first: This means reading over all your notes from school, textbooks, revision guides etc. You can also combine some revision aids in conjunction with reading such as taking notes, recording key notes etc. I strongly recommend that you first skim over the text for each section, taking into note the bold/italic/underlined words, then ask questions as you read to deepen your understanding. Then look for the answers in the text/ask someone/research them. Once you have finished reading recite all the key concepts off by heart without looking.
Do extra research: When you have spare time, take advantage of it. I'm not saying to completely abandon what you find relaxing or enjoyable, but this can really benefit you for your exams. By extra research, I mean researching difficult topics, watching university lectures (academicearth.org), hitting the library and borrowing advanced books...all these things can really boost your grade because you are going that extra mile therefore deepening your understanding which is vital for every single exam.
Divide and Conquer Method: (must read textbook/notes/revision materials first before you do this) Basically, if you have an equation for example that someone else stated like 'integral of 1/x ln(x)' make sure you understand it. You split it up into smaller elements, with branches stating what you know about one particular element, then how it links to another one etc. making constant connections really helps. Also look it up in your textbook/research it on the net if you don't understand it. One thing I strongly recommend is that you sign up to a forum where maths geniuses live or something, then ask a question there whenever you don't understand something (really helps).
Eat & Breathe Practice Questions: Don't just stick to past papers, crave for more. Spend most of your free time doing millions of worksheets from the internet, questions from revision guides and your textbook, ones you have invented etc. When you get an answer wrong try and work out what went wrong and how you can arrive at the right answer (basically keep solving it until you get to the right answer).
Create a 'Mark scheme words' mindmap: I took notes and made flashcards etc., tbh they didn't really help me as much as this did. What you do is you get the mark schemes of every single past paper you can get your hands on then you write down word-for-word the answers for the questions you got wrong. Use coloured pens to make it look more appealing. Then look at this sheet everyday until you remember all the words/sentences/paragraphs. This is kind of like a 'cheat sheet' method that is a life-saver for when you get a 'fml, I can't answer this' question in an exam.
Become a Teacher: Teach it to someone else, particularly someone who struggles with it. If you have no one to talk to, teach it to an imaginary class or a collection of your old teddy bears. Go through every single point on the specification and EXPLAIN every point on the syllabus, and give a brief description of every single key word (don't explain 'the, and, or' obviously, something like 'live wire' etc.). Think really deeply when you can't think of how to explain something, and if you have to, refer to your 'divide and conquer' sheets. I can't stress how much this has helped me. Seriously.
Time Management: I struggled with procrastination, but I identified my biggest distractions and got my mother to hide my laptop, unplug my tv then hide the plug..this worked to some extent however I later discovered a better technique. getcoldturkey.com blocks the sites you waste the most time on but still allows you to access educational resources on the net. I also found that if I visualised myself in the future on a yacht, using all the senses such as seeing, hearing (sounds of birds, waves, yacht propeller etc.), feeling (soft breeze, heat of sun) it was great motivation.
Visualising myself doing the tasks I wanted to accomplish that day (such as studying for history and taking notes then doing past papers) along with intensifying the feeling of reluctance of doing the task was also a good way to get myself to work. I also used to visit one site - jameslist.com. Somehow it made me get to studying because of all the luxuries listed on the site and I told myself the only way I could get them was by studying.
--FutureMedicalDoctor 18:30, 30 May 2011 (UTC)
1. Read the book and go through all the relevent examples. The first step is to get a deep understanding of the basic facts.
2. Once you get the basics, go through exercises and questions. This will reinforce you're understanding of the topic and show you tricks and techniques to solve unfamiliar problems.
(When you get stuck, take a breathe and think for a moment, then try to spot the problem and find a fix for it. If it doesn't work, check the solutions. If there are no solutions, ask a friend or post it in the forum).
3. Answer all past papers and practice papers that exist. When you get stuck, just relax.
4. Optional: Teach it to someone in your class. Organize free one-on-one or group revision session. Again, this will deepen your understanding and will help you spot and fix some hidden weakpoints.
5. During the exams, don't panic. It's like picking up women, just relax and be confident. Aim for 100%. You might not get 100%, but raising it to that standard is a better mindset. Better mindset, better results.
6. Eat well. Sleep well.
Sundogs' revision tips!
1. Use lots of bright colours but don't make the colours random! Stick to a certain colour for a each topic and write in that colour when revising for that topic. It's a bit like word association, your mind will be able to link aspects of that topic together because you've used that colour.
2. Something that requires rote learning (e.g. Quotations for English Literature) or learning large chunks of text, record yourself saying them on your computer and put it on your mp3 player. See if you can get hold of audiobooks too. If you start early, they'll be second nature by the time the exam comes.
3. ASK QUESTIONS. If you've written something down in your notes which now seems completely foreign, make sure you ask your teacher or lecturer. They may take a while to get back to you but they'll often be happy to help.
4. If you study something like English, Philosophy, History, Sociology etc. try and get a group of friends to have a discussion group once a week. You could meet up in a cafe or at someone's house and just discuss past exam papers out loud, say how you'd answer certain questions.
5. Make use of technology! Skype sessions are awesome for discussion as if you feel you're getting distracted, you can easily sign off and haven't wasted the journey.
6. Make games with your revision (this only works if you've started early enough and have already covered the basics!). Biology Top Trumps, Character Monopoly, Quotation Charades. Use your imagination to keep your interest levels up!
7. DON'T burn yourself before the exams come. It's good to start early but don't start too intensely, if you leave yourself ample time before the exams you can afford to gradually increase your hours or sessions.
8. Make Powerpoint presentations and share them with friends, often explaining something to somebody else or taking their questions can really test your knowledge and help them at the same time.
9. Find a regular hobby that's not too time consuming that you can do during the revision period. A good one is to go for a run after a day of revision. Your mind will be exhausted but your body isn't and this can really affect your sleep. Going for a run can help you sleep.
10. Revision Timetables are great but they're not set in stone. If you've worked well for a few days, reward yourself for the odd evening and just make sure you make up for it later. It's revision not prison.
+ One more- do not do an all-nighter the night before an exam. More often than not they're counterproductive as you're not as alert the next day. Revise till about 8pm in the evening (if it's a morning exam the next day) and then have 'wind down' time. Take a shower or a bath and watch something on TV or a movie. You'll go to bed more relaxed and wakeup feeling better about it.
Good luck! love sundogs
Just to add (what my teacher always told me) before the exam itself, eat a little bit of chocolate as it stimulates the brain. Again good luck.
mr tim's revision tips
1. Do past papers - these help you with what kind of questions you could be expecting. In some subjects, some questions could be similar from year to year, so if you know how to do one of them, you can find another past paper with similar, and try that question to see if you are right. Do try to do the questions yourself first, then check the answers, if any are wrong, see where you went wrong. If you do not understand ask your teacher, parents, older siblings, or here at TSR.
2. Make sure you know how to use your calculator if it is a calculator paper. You need to know when to press the Sin, Cos, Tan buttons for example - whether its after you do your angle, or before. If it is a non-calculator paper, make sure you do not use a calculator when you do past papers - especially in maths - learn to do equations without using a calculator or when you come into the exam, you will have no idea how to do it without using a calculator
3. Day before the exam - get an early night sleep, wake up early, make sure you get to your school/college/uni on time for the exam. If you are catching a bus, leave home early in case you miss it and you could be late. Try to leave home earlier than you normally would if you were going for a normal school day, or revision session.
4. If you can, chat with your friends, go over each topic/question and make sure each other understands it. Even when the group are in school to do the exams - do some last minute questions, tell each other the best way to answer certain questions, and give each other some tips. You could learn some things as well.
5. After the exam, don't panic, its over, concentrate on your next exam if you have any, you cannot change anything now, so if you know you got something wrong, that's it, you got it wrong. Its not the end of the world.
6. Before the exam, eat something, drink a glass of water, make sure you go to the toilet before the exam, and make sure you got all the equipment you need, and have some spares equipment in case.
7. Don't revise if you are tired, have a break, go to sleep, but don't revise if you are constantly yawning, you don't want to overuse your brain.
8. If it helps, listen to music. If you don't like music, that doesn't matter, you can revise without music if you like.
9. Go to the cinemas, another person's house, another city etc AFTER your exams. If you have a wedding to go to for example, that could use up a whole day, don't go to it! Your exams are more important! but do make sure you actually do revise.
10. Final thing - people revise in different ways, there is no way that someone can tell you specifically what you should do, they can give you tips, but these cannot guarantee that it is best for you. Try different things, something will work out fine for you - once something works out fine, do that way.
Good luck for your exams!
Best Revision Tip Ever
SIT DOWN, Be quiet and GET ON WITH IT! To break that down for you, that's not as stupid as it sounds - some people seem to get the impression that if they try every possible revision method under the sun, they will find one which magically transplants all the knowledge into their heads. Sorry, but it's not going to happen. Yes, some revision methods may work a little better for you than others, but the most important thing is that you accept that revision will be hard work, and just sit down at your desk and crack on with it, rather than wasting time making up elaborate revision strategies.
Right apparently I edited this.. I have not been on my laptop... My friends have.... I apologise if it is something stupid. [Braddd]
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aspirinpharmacists revision tips
Ok, so I'm no expert on this, but these are the things I've learned from revising.
1. Use paper copies of past papers, ones you can scribble notes on to. Don't be a cheapskate like I've been the past two years and try and do them over the internet, cos it's really not very useful, and sitting at a computer all day telling yourself you're revising, when you're not really taking anything in is counterproductive.
2. Don't be too radical. You don't have to give up everything you like, because then you'll be miserable and bored. The best plan is to go down to the library or something and try and revise in a quiet corner. Stick in your headphones and ignore anyone who approaches, including your friends. Even if you're not actually listening to any music, people will think you are, and leave you be.
3. Music. Ok, some people find it helps them study, but if it's starting to distract you, get it off and get it out of your room! Also, just because it hasn't got any singing in it, doesn't necessarily mean it won't distract you. Before you start to properly study, hunt out some music that's quite calming, something you can have as background noise that won't distract you too much.
4. Have a big bottle of water/juice and some snack beside you when you start, so you won't be as tempted to go raiding the kitchen. My friend has a little "tea station" in her room, got a little teapot and everything. Rather cute really. So if you're a tea addict, look into this.
5. Do it in little chunks. If you can't concentrate for more than ten minutes, then spend half an hour half procrastinating while still trying to make stuff go into your head, it won't work, so study for as long as you can properly concentrate then stop and sit outside for a bit, take a quick breather, don't think about studying, then go back to it.
6. Be cautious when opening windows. Yes, the fresh air is great, until the wind blows in and spreads your notes all over the room. Be wary.
7.Best method with multicoloured pens is to mostly use black pen, then stick in some purple for the really, really important bits. Whole blocks in one colour didn't help me so much, but mixing them up was a lot more useful, and they really stand out against black. Avoid yellow (unless you're highlighting) and the paler colours like the plague, bright purple, green, orange and pink are good colours to use.
8. If you're sticking note cards around your house, think carefully about where you're putting them, how easily you can read the writing (don't put an essay up there, just some quick key words, in big letters) and tape them down really well. But be careful because getting yelled at for marking the walls will not help your stress levels at all.
1) Have your revision close to hand. There are many times that you can be put off doing revision. This can be as simple as having to find a book. Keeping your items needed for revision together can eliminate this.
2) If you are competitive, it may help to motivate each other by comparing how much work you have done.
3) Using past papers help a lot but only if you review them with a mark scheme. Practise writing out the model answer, it may feel a waste of time but you want the right answer to stick in your head not repeat the same mistakes.
4) Unless you are very organised with filing it is easier to write in notebooks or exercise books as this keeps all your revision in the same place and, though not in the most sensible order necessarily, it is usually quite easy to find.
5) Take breaks but don't go on the internet, there are lots of things to distract you. Often the best thing is to listen to some music for a few minutes or have something to eat or drink.
6) I tend not to use music when revising as I lack concentration when it is on. Do not listen to anything that is a song you want to listen to for the first time. You will ruin both the song and your revision. I find that music with either very repetitive lyrics or none are useful. If you aren't a fan of classical music you could listen to songs severely slowed down this has the effect of losing the rhythm and words whilst keeping nice background music.
7) Don't let people disturb you. Revising with facebook open doesn't work. Having people wandering in and out of your room all the time is also distracting.
8) Take time to do your normal activities. You don't need to miss sports or music or anything else like this for your revision.
9) Start earlier than you think.
10) Before the exam eat and sleep well. You have done as much as you can and no amount of cramming seems to work at this point. An all-nighter at this point is a very bad idea.