When exams are round the corner, students may feel lost as they do not know how to start their revision. This results in unnecessary stress and anxiety. There are some strategies in planning for revision, so as to better prepare for exams, and not just academically, but also physically and mentally, too. We shall look at these strategies for a better and more efficient revision.
#1 – Start Early
Many students actually start their revision way too late, usually 1 month or even 2 weeks before exams. They find themselves having too much to study and seemingly too little time, causing much stress and worry. Starting early will allow students to actually have the leisure to study in a more relaxed manner and hence improving their efficiency. Do start at least 3 months before so that there is ample time.
#2 – Plan Your Schedule for Revision and the Topics to Revise
Student should have a time table to schedule their revision so that they can maintain a good pace to revise. Each study bloc should be around 45 minutes to 1 hour, with a 5 to 10 minutes’ break in between. In this way, student can maintain the work rate for revision and not over exert. Although many may think that making a plan is time consuming, it will actually save you more time in the long run as you will know what to revise on each day, instead of having to decide on a day-to-day basis.
They should also plan the topics to revise so that they can monitor their own progress, gaining confidence as each topic is revised. Generally, do not study for a single subject the whole day, as it will cause fatigue rather than improvements.
#3 – Find Out Which Type of Learner You Are
Some student learn better using flash cards, while some others prefer audio learning. You need to find out which type you are and then focus on that method in order to revise more efficiently. Check out our "Which Learner Am I" post on this topic.
#4 – Have A Healthy Lifestyle
If the body is not able to keep up, no amount of revision can help. You will need to eat well, sleep well and live well in order to provide enough energy and nutrients for the brain to do proper revision. Have a healthy diet with regular meals ensures intake of nutrients, while having good sleeping and exercising habits allow the body to be able to perform well. In this way, revision can be done with greater efficiency!
#5 – Have A Positive Attitude
Staying calm and positive is VERY important, as this can keep your mind focused in the revision. Try not to be affected by other events, especially poor performances in class. Remember, it is never over until it is over! Stay positive and revision will get better!
So, with these strategies in mind, you can look forward to a more efficient revision to tackle your exams with more confidence! In the long run, you can get more organised and work can be done more efficiently!