Revision is essential to succeeding in an exam, but many do not know how to revise effectively. Our steps will help you to create a plan for preparation in the run up to exams. To be able to revise there should be previous knowledge that will serve as the foundation you want to build the block of revision on. Ensure you have notes for all of the key topics in your syllabus. Having comprehensive notes ensures you do not miss out on any major topics, rewriting them in your own words will further consolidate them in your mind. The following steps will help you to revise effectively if strictly followed:
1. Find a conducive environment: Find a quiet, well-lit place to work that will be comfortable and free of distraction. This include log-out or temporarily disabling social media like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
2. Draw up a timetable for your revision and stick to it: You need a guide for the revision, working from a revision timetable helps you to make clear goals for each revision session and allows you to check them off as you progress.
3. Establish a reasonable study targets: Be realistic in setting a target, going over twelve chapters of trigonometry the night before a big exam or trying to revise all that Shakespeare several weeks out before being tested is probably going to do more harm than good and might not be the best way to remember the information by test-time. By revising in short stretches, you will remember more and feel less stressed.
4. Recall and summarize: As you’re studying, stop every few minutes to recap what you’ve read. Write a short summary, a few sentences in your notes, or at the bottom of the page.
5. Find someone who knows nothing about the topic and explain to them: Even if it is explaining to the mirror or your cat, just take the time out to talk to someone as if the person is learning about it for the first time, and you are the teacher. Information taught is harder to forget.
6. Take break periodically: If you take breaks regularly, your concentration will be better and you will find yourself retaining more information than if you try to plow straight through.
7. Relax: Spend time doing something relaxing each day, such as listening to your favorite music, going for a walk or swim, spending time with your pets or talking with a good friend. You can also practice relaxation exercises, meditation, or simply just lying back and chilling out.