Saturday, 17 May 2014

revision techniques

Well, we're in the midst of exam season so I thought I would share some of my revision techniques in the hope of helping even one person! The subjects I study are English Literature, History and Media, so hopefully some of you can relate to how difficult it is sometimes to revise essay based subjects.

 Firstly, I would definitely say get properly organised. Hopefully you'll have all of your sheets for each subject sorted into folders from the beginning of the year (or because you transferred them all over during the february half term like me), but anyway, I find it much easier to find what I'm looking for when everything is altogether, so organisation is a must.

 Next, I'm sure some people might not agree with me, but I would also definitely say to get yourself some coloured pens and/or highlighters. When writing up notes, even whilst I'm at college, I love to write titles in different colours to make each page more interesting and easier to revise. These staedtler pens are my absolute favourite, I think I'm going to invest in the 20 pack before I go to uni.

 I'd also say if any of your subjects offer revision guides, definitely buy them. This one for history cost me £10 but is so unbelievably helpful, so much more than any of my textbooks or notes as it gives more help on essay writing which is vital. They're also cheaper on other websites such as Ebay or Amazon.

Ok, now onto how I actually revise. I usually just read through my notes, textbooks and revision guides over and over and over and over until I know everything. Obviously, that gets pretty boring, so if there's a certain topic I don't fully understand, I will usually write out further notes about that topic. But, say with history, there's six aspects that could come up in the exam question, so as shown in the photos, I (with the help of Adam) have summarised the key points of each aspect and written notes that make one page. Including colour and capitals really helps me in reading the information, and also when it's summarised it's SO much easier to absorb and memorise. This is what I do for most of my subjects (although English is probably the hardest to revise for). I'd also say it's really useful to do a lot of practice essay questions and get your teacher to mark them to check you're going in the right direction, doing these in timed conditions without any of your notes after you've revised also shows you which parts you need to go back over.

For English, I would just say highlighting key parts in the texts you're studying and annotating around the page is useful as you can flick through and see the most important parts and memorise those. Memorising quotes for this closed book exam is bound to be difficult but I think I will just choose a select few, and read them over and over and over again. 

When I'm revising I always listen to music, but I always make sure it's relaxing music, and I'd suggest it to anyone else, as well as putting on in the background of the music. 8tracks is a great app which has hundreds of playlists people have made, I just search study and listen to a few of them.

So there we go, my revision techniques, I've got to say I'm feeling so stressed out at the minute what with the pressures of doing well and getting into uni but that isn't going to help anything I guess. So I'd also say try your best not to feel stressed out and really worry yourself, as all anyone can ever do is their best and you'll all do fab anyway! When I am feeling really stressed I have a nice relaxing bath with lots of bubbles and an early night, and I always have an early night before exams and make sure to have a good breakfast in the morning. Good luck to you all, and I hope I did help even a little!

1 comment :

  1. Good luck for all of your exams!! Great tips xx