Exam Revision

Exams will often cover material from the whole year, so it is important to start as soon as possible. Begin by drawing up a realistic revision timetable, working backwards from your exam dates and allowing time for the unforeseen. Remember that things will change, so you will need to be flexible and review your timetable regularly. Within this schedule you should also incorporate time for breaks, so that your revision is focused and you have opportunities to reflect. Think carefully about how you can best reward yourself during these breaks to ensure you stay motivated. Exam Revision Screen

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For many students, the revision period is the most difficult part of any exam process: with much to cover in a short period of time, the task seems overwhelming. Careful planning and appropriate revision strategies, however, can help you to make the most of the time available, giving you the opportunity to prepare thoroughly and achieve your potential. It is therefore important to take some time to consider how you learn and construct good revision sessions. VARK is a useful questionnaire that helps you evaluate your learning preference(s). Once you have recognised your result, try adapting your revision strategies to suit your learning style.

You cannot revise everything on a module successfully, so be selective about what you study: revise the things that are most important and that you have least knowledge of. Try to distil your notes to key words, phrases or terms and consider which topics apply to more than one module. Explaining and discussing subject content with other course mates can also be a useful strategy, but try to work in a group study area at university rather in your front room. In preparing for an exam, don’t forget that your paper will be handwritten, so practice this skill and make sure that your writing is legible as examiners will not award marks if they cannot read your work.

Past papers are another useful study resource (these can be found on MOLE or in the library). Try to brainstorm answers or make outline plans for as many questions as possible; even time yourself writing some of these answers. This can be particularly useful in helping you to think critically about the information you are learning. At university it is not enough to learn and repeat information, you need to demonstrate analytical thinking and understanding.

Top Tips
  • Think positively and avoid the company of those with a negative outlook
  • Regularly glance over the material you have revised
  • Take care of your body
  • Take breaks and time to relax
  • Plan out how to use your time during the exam
  • Don’t try to cram at the last minute
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