Today I want to talk about revision.
Revision is very subjective so I want this post to be a lot more brief than the others because rather than being a detailed guide, this is more pointers on where your revision could, and might, take you. I don’t necessarily think it is a good idea to tell someone the ‘best’ way to revise because everyone has their own style.
Here are some of my top tips when it comes to revision and how to get the best out of it:
- Stick little notes up everywhere. If there is a certain maths formula, english definition or year in history that you can’t remember put it on a post it note and put it where you always see it. The fridge door, the wall in the bathroom or your wardrobe mirror – anywhere where you are guaranteed to see it everyday.
- Revision plan. Some people like detailed plans of everyday (i.e. What they want to cover each hour to make sure they set goals and keep on top of them) others are more suited to weekly aims (i.e. One subject a week). Either way, having a plan and setting yourself revision goals is super important.
- Ask friends or family to ask you questions/explain things. This is something that actually works the best for me when it comes to revision. Explaining something to somebody who has no idea is great because it allows you to go really in depth and answer questions that come from a fresh perspective at the material. Also, explaining things with somebody who knows a lot is also great because they can pick up on what you missed!
- Give yourself time to chill out. In that little revision plan of yours, make sure you schedule some time to just chill out. Going for walks always helps me during my summer exams so I can clear my head.
- Mind maps. These are an absolute God send. I use mind maps every time I revise and I find them crazy useful. I always condense them down to index cards in the last week before my exams but they are fab for getting down all the information you need and making links between them.
- Memory techniques. Try memory apps on your phone to keep your brain active before/during revision or look up techniques to really use all the potential that your mind has. I have three techniques I use.
1) Sounds like/rhymes. There are mnemonics that you can use to remember harder things. For example, transcendental is pretty hard to remember as you don’t come across it every day so I use accidental to remember it and the fact that Kant made an accident with his theory – little weird but works for me!
2) Songs. Either listen to the same songs when revising certain topics and apparently it helps you recall it better in the exam if you sing it in your head. This may be placebo but it has worked in the past for me!
3) Place it in a room. This is quite a common memory technique that involves placing things in a room (kind of like a basic Sherlock Mind Palace) to remember it better – worth checking out!
I hope some of these were useful and that you’re enjoying this series!
If you have any revision tips, feel free to leave them below!