Leaving things until the last minute – don’t worry too much because it’s only natural – we’ve all done it at some point or another!
One of the best revision tips I can give you right now is…
What’s gone is gone, and now just focus on what you can now really work with.
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The law of averages
It’s better to do averagely well across the board with all of your subjects rather than really hit the dizzy heights of an ‘A*’grade for one subject, only to then crash and burn in the others. It follows, then, that you need to troubleshoot – target – the subjects that you are the weakest in
If some of your subjects are really weak, then you might want to seriously consider giving up on them entirely – but those that are borderline or think you can really do something with, make the subjects a priority first!
Having then identified your weaker subjects that you want to work with, which are the most popular subjects and topics?
You must know these by now, remember to include chances of them turning up in the exam.
From the most popular topics and subjects that are most likely to turn up in the exam, rate them as to your confidence on answering those questions from 1 to 3 – 1 being very confident and 3 not being at all confident – then tackle all of the 3’s first!
(It’s all about prioritising, remember…)
Quick revision tips:
- Do a really detailed search of past examination questions, answers and any other tips.
- Go through your notes and textbooks on this subject to get different perspectives of views and explanations
- Don’t spend too long on each subject or topic – work for 25 minutes with focused concentration, rest for two minutes – then continue for a further 25 minutes, then rest for 15 minutes. Repeat.
Revision timetable becomes even more critical
- You might want to incorporate this timing schedule in your revision timetable. Do no more than 5 x 25 minutes before taking a full hour’s break.
- At the end of which leave time to assess review just how are you think you’ve really done. Ask questions to yourself, such as:
- Award yourself marks out of 10 – how do I think I really know this? Now having studied it, how do I think I really know this now?
- Never spend more than 2×25 minute sessions in a row on the same subject or topic. After that go on to another subject or topic and make a note in your revision notes and timetable to return to it. Some hours later – (even the following day. If time allows). I can’t emphasise enough the importance of this. Leaving time to have a night’s sleep between times can really reinforce your learning – putting the immense power of your subconscious mind to really work for you
Effective revision techniques become more important than ever
You’ve no more time to waste so using a range of accelerated learning techniques that work for becomes critical, which means…
Vary your activities
Don’t just sit there reading a textbook hoping that is somehow going in by magical means – the likelihood is that it isn’t. Wherever possible, really try to motivate yourself to learn. For just 5 minutes or so, listen to a favourite piece of uplifting music, go for a walk, listen to my ‘Learning Motivator’ self-hypnosis recording.
Revision must be an active (not passive) activity. Make sure you’re DOING something e.g. applying, practicing, being practical.
Vary it, such as:
- Writing short revision index cards
- Record yourself. On a digital recorder and playback.
- Read a suggested answer then explain it in your own words into a recorder. Then play it back and make an outline skeleton answer, making good use of titles, lists, bullet points and numbered lists (using these appropriately, depending on the task)
- Review past examination questions, make a skeleton plan of the answers
- Ask a friend – involve others – get friends or family members to test your questions that you may have already made for yourself.
Exam Stress Relief
Be realistic. And rest and relax. Then do it again.
When the “wolf is at the door” and exam time is imminent, take it easy on yourself and try not to beat yourself up about it. There is only so much you can do.
If you haven’t even started your revision yet, just feel the fear – still to turn up because you never know how it might go for you –
Learning from it and getting it right next time
– Remember, most bad experiences are always retrievable and redeemable – if it doesn’t go right for you this time – just give it some time and change your attitude and get it right the next time.
Take regular breaks
– in between sessions even give yourself a half day off in the course of an average week. Even if you only have a week or less left.
– When trying to make up for lost time –
Don’t overdo it
Yes, you really can overload yourself and cram revise on the night of the exam can be too much where you end up then not remembering anything – so be realistic about what you can really achieve and know this, that having now done all of your revision, no matter how long you left it to started in earnest, you can only now do your best. Give yourself breaks, stick to your revision eat timetable and sleep well.
Eat something on the morning of the exam, even if it is only little and you have to force it down you – nothing too sweet. If you can – slow-release carbohydrate energy like a wholegrain breakfast can really help keep the brain cells working and the revision zone flowing – giving yourself every best possible chance that your brain is in tiptop performance for doing your very best in the exam.
And you can’t ask for more than that – can you?
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