8 weeks till exams - how will I remember everything?

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Suraj182
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(maybe I didn't phrase that title write but...)

The exams are in about 8 weeks and while I'm revising, I'm worried by the time I get to the exams in 8 weeks, I'll have forgotten a lot of the things I revised, I mean, I can't remember what I did 8 weeks ago in class. I try and make notes after every lesson in school and try and put the things I learnt into my own words in order to try and get it into my head but I always fail. What's the best way to revise this far in advance without forgetting?

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Start revising now.
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the first time you learn a fact, it doesn't stay in your head for long.
the next time you learn/revise it, it stays in for longer.
the third time, it stays in even longer... etc etc etc
(or this is how it is for me anyway)

so start revising now, try get through as much of it as you can in the next 4 weeks or so. then just start from the beginning again. and keep doing past papers
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Everything you're revising now, go over briefly a week later and then a month later. When you revise it, it'll only go into your short-term memory. You need repetition and elaboration to make it go into long term memory (AS psych- so useful :P)
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When I revise stuff for uni (which is slightly different to A levels but the same principle) I will read the paper I need to learn once and just highlight the main points. I then read it again just focussing on the bits I highlighted. From this I then make fairly details notes (maybe about 3/4 A4 sides for a paper which is around 25 pages long.) Then I learn this. Then from memory I try and sumarise each detailed point into a few sentances.

So my notes end up something like Milewski (date) Differences in fertility levels between immigrants based on country of origin (socialisation) and lenght of stay in host country (adaption.)

I have on average anywhere between 25-50 studies to learn for each exam and in the actual exam I only use about 4 per question so by having a large 'bank' I can pick the most relevent.

For subjects like maths and where it's mor sort of fact based I'd go over and over practice questions to get the correct technique. Try writing down all the info in bullet points and the write them again from memory until you get it all right.

You'd be surprised how long stuff stays in your mind but I generally do this around two weeks before my final exams.

Other than that just general revision. Use books like the CGP ones.
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Everytime you learn a new topic, make sure you get it, then make notes and maybe posters........ I fooled around alot in school, but when i got home thats when my geeks side shows itself.... ive to hold onto my thug rep in school
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It's good if you start to revise and understand you work now, then you keep revising all the stuff, even the new things. When you get closer to the exams, because you understand most of it, the work will be easier and all you have to is remember everything.
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No, no, don't get me wrong, I've started revising already but I just find it hard to remember everything. I guess the best way would be to keep going over it. It may get tedious but I guess it'll pay off. Thanks.
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8 weeks is a decent amount of time.
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As people have said before, the more times you revisit it, the longer it'll stay in your head. I read this book on revision techniques that involved how the brain works and it said, if you did a mind map for example, look at it again the next day and then try and draw it out from memory. Then do this a week later. Then another week later. Then a month later.
The whole point of revising is to revisit things. So once you've done all your notes on say, 4 sections of the unit, you should move on to active learning methods so you create revision cards on all your notes, mindmaps, flowcharts etc.. Then the next stage is drawing them out from memory which I touched on before.
Whilst your doing this you'll notice things you keep forgetting, so you go back to your notes, re-read over what your struggling with, and focus on these things every day until in becomes second nature.
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just repeat what you are studying over and over and over again and by the end of it you will remember your notes in your sleep.
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If you've already started revising, does it not stay in your head? Do you find that you are easily forgetting the facts? If so, make flash cards and take them with you, read them when you have a spare moment.
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(Original post by Tsukuyomi)
Everytime you learn a new topic, make sure you get it, then make notes and maybe posters........ I fooled around alot in school, but when i got home thats when my geeks side shows itself.... ive to hold onto my thug rep in school
HAHAHAHAHAHA that made me laugh, the part at the end...
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