After months of catching assignment deadlines and studying for tests at the eleventh hour, the ultimate finale of this session is almost here- The Exams!
While you’ve studied everything all through the year, now is the time to let the world know that you deserve all the class credits you’ve been bestowed with. And now that you have a few days left for your exams, your sole goal should be to revise your heart out.
However, even thorough revision can fail you if you haven’t used the right revision technique. Different people suggest different techniques for revision, some focus more on visual simulation while others love to listen to their lessons.
If you are having trouble deciding which technique will suite your study pattern the best, here is the list of 10 best Revision Techniques and how you can go about them.
1. Make a Timetable and Stick to it
When you have a month or half left for your exams, and you are planning on scoring straight As, then having a well-organised time-table is the way to go. You can fill up the time table with all the activities (mostly, studies) you are going to do during your day.
For this, divide your study time into continuous sittings of 30-40 minutes and decide beforehand which subject or lesson is to be covered when. Make sure that the timetable allows you to finish your syllabus a couple of days before exams so that you have time to brush up once again.
2. Breaks are Crucial
When you are studying, make sure that you keep enough breaks between your study sessions to give your brain some time to unwind for the next. If you think that you can study for a stretch at one go, you certainly can, but any information is less likely to enter your head in such a case.
Therefore, take a small 5-minute break and use it to walk a little or grab a snack.
3. Mind Mapping
Making mind maps to connect dots is one technique that has still not received the recognition it deserves.
It can be quite challenging to remember everything from a vast course that you have to study for the exams. So, you can use your set of coloured pens and create mind maps for establishing relationships between different notions that go hand in hand.
We all know that it becomes easier to remember things when you have their visual image in your head. And with mind mapping, you get just that. For making efficient mind maps, divide your lessons into points and sub-points, followed by fitting them into a picture.
4. Know how your Brain Works
Every new person will suggest you a new technique to learn. However, it is your cognitive process that decides what works the best for you. So, try to understand whether it is your auditory, visual, or reading/writing skills that help you the best and use that knowledge to devise your revision plan.
Also, try studying at different times of the day such as early in the morning, afternoon, and evening, and make the time that helps you the nest to grasp things your study time.
5. Practice Past Papers
When they say it that practice will make you perfect, it certainly will. The more you are familiar with the exam pattern, level of questions, and the time allotted, the more you will feel the pressure of the exam. Now that you know how pressurising this exam can be, you can better figure out ways to beat that pressure and get excellent results.
6. Don’t just stick to books
With the advancement in technology, you have a multitude of ways to learn, so why keep yourself confined to books and notes. So step out of them and try listening to podcasts, watch videos, and read reviews about your lessons. This will give you a wider insight into what others think about the lesson, helping you create an opinion of your own.
7. Study in Groups
Now that you don’t always have to be in the same place to collaborate and study, use the opportunity to ace your exams. Make online study groups with your classmates and use them, strictly, for putting up queries and solving them. Such studies will result in low stress when you don’t know something because you can always ask.
Furthermore, it is morally supporting when you know that your friends are sailing in the same boat.
8. Exercise and Eat Healthy
While it surely is not a technique to revise, it can help your mind and body work better. Also, exercising gives you a break from the monotonous study schedule, helping your circulation to increase.
Healthy eating keeps your digestive system clean, making you super active. Though extra study stress will tempt you to engage in snacking on chips and coke, you need to substitute them for milk, juice, and fruits instead.
9. Summarise each Lesson
If creating mind maps is not up to your alley, you can simply summarise each lesson into a few lines and use that to connect dots when you write your paper. Make sure that you use various coloured pens and highlighters to remember the points instead of memorising them word-to-word.
Summarising also means that you’ve understood the underlying concept of the lesson.
10. On the D-Day
On the day of the examination, make sure that you stay away from any negativity that is coming your way. Avoid friends who can cause panic by introducing you to an all new topic which you have not covered (because it is not linked to your subject anyway). Apart from that, focus on your goal to do your best in the exam. Stop thinking about the results too.
There you go! The above techniques are well-known for increasing your level of concentration and retention when you have a very important exam coming your way. And, when you have the choice to decide which one works the best for you, why not try them all today!