Revision can be a daunting task when you face challenges with one of the key factors in revision: memory. But never fear, there are lots of ways to kick your working and long-term memory into action.
How to begin…
A time table, is key to your revision success. Find a template that works, whether that’s a day to view, a week to view or even a month to view, the trick is to keep it simple and easy to use. (paper or electronic diaries work well too, whatever floats your boat ⛵).
Divide up your time right up to the deadline or exam day. If you…
- feel that you have a better understanding of some areas more than others, split your time up accordingly.
- have divided the days into subjects you need to cover, try setting yourself a timer for each of those subjects.
- know that you work well for 1 hour at a time, set a 60-minute timer and then STOP. Take a break, even if it’s just 5 minutes to get a drink. Do some movement or give your eyes a rest, breaking your day up can help you stay focussed. You might like to check out the Pomodoro Technique.
- need help with procrastination and prioritising tasks, take a look at our Developing Strategies for Learning (UniSkills Extra) webinars.
Learning and Studying Strategies
You may have seen our posts about different ways to represent and present your ideas (if not, we forgive you – take a look). By trying a variety of written notes, visual materials and auditory resources, you could build yourself a package of revision supplies.
If you prefer to learn by doing, try turning your revision into a ‘hands on’ activity to encourage active learning and interaction with the material.
Use visual and verbal information retrieval techniques such as post its, cue cards and reminders to keep on top of your to do lists. Some of these could be placed in areas of your home or workplace to read out loud and repeat each time you come to them. Repetition and visual association can help with remembering and recalling information. Breaking down the information into to small chunks can help with processing and remembering the content. (If you missed our Tweet about this – check it out).
Stick to it but keep it varied. By using multisensory techniques to engage with the material, you are more likely to strengthen and deepen your understanding. Make sure to take breaks after each timer and do something that refreshes your mindset. Get fresh air, stay hydrated and keep the snacks flowing. Fuel yourself with H2O, O2 and all the goodness of a snack and you will feel more confident with every step.
Most importantly, use your passion for the subject to fuel your revision and exam preparation time. We believe in you! ?
Take a look at some more hints and tips, as well as some useful webinars, taking place over the next couple of weeks in our Ready, Set, Revise blog.
And… keep updated by checking out our Twitter and Instagram accounts for easy to use techniques and advice from our Student Advisors. Make sure to tag us in any pictures of your revision set up and resources, on Twitter using @EHULearnService or @EHULibrary on Instagram, using the hashtag #EHUReadySetRevise.