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Get the most out of your revision BETH SHELPER
1st year English Language
o, here we are again – Exam season. The time of year everything leads up to and every student dreads. It’s no coincidence that April is #StressAwarenessMonth. For students, April is definitely the most stressful time of year, so it’s something we definitely shouldn’t ignore. As April is now upon us and revision is well underway, here’s a few tips and tricks to ensure you stay organised, stress-free and exam-ready...
S T A R T E A R LY : Preparation is key. Every year my Dad gives me the same advice: “fail to prepare, prepare to fail” and, as annoying as that is, he has a point.
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My number one piece of advice: as painful as it may be, start as early as you can. Getting started is definitely the hardest part, so if you break through that mental barrier early on, you open up so much more time for productivity (and allow yourself time for the usual bit of procrastination and an existential crisis... or two).
GET ORGANISED: If all year you’ve shoved your notes in your unorganized folder and left them there or haven’t saved your typed notes into module files: this is a priority. Not only are you making life way more complicated, but if you don’t sort it early, you’re losing precious revision time. Secondly, one of the most effective techniques I have found and use is to colour code. Pick one colour for
a definition, another for a study, a theory, and so on. This technique is really flexible for all subjects and having colourful and engaging notes really makes all the difference when trying to stay focused: no one likes to stare at a page full of black writing. Buying yourself new stationary is a great way to motivate yourself if all else fails, and Blackwell’s on campus has a great selection, so you don’t have to travel far!
TEACHING: This one may sound stupid and you’ll probably feel ridiculous, but it works. Pretend you’re teaching someone else. Doing this with no notes will really help to pin-point the areas of your subject that need work and solidify your understanding. If you don’t want to do
this, teach a pet or a house mate: challenging yourself is a great way to learn and engage with your subject. Revision doesn’t always have to be sitting at your desk and making notes!
STUDY GROUPS: If you’re struggling to stay motivated by yourself, gather your course friends up and organise a study group! Study groups are an amazing way to test each other, find the gaps in your knowledge, and inject a little bit of fun into your revision.
PA S T PA P E R S : Past papers. You can use past papers in two ways: at the beginning of your revision, to pin-point gaps in knowledge and make notes on missing information, and as the last technique, to practice and gain confidence. Ei-
ther way you use them, before, after or both, they are brilliantly useful and I definitely recommend making the most out of them. If you’re unsure where to find them, email your lecturer for guidance!
TA K E C A R E O F YOURSELF: Finally, one of the most important things to remember during exam season is to take care of yourself. Eat well, take good breaks, get enough sleep and be mindful of your mental well-being. This #StressAwarenessMonth, remember that the university is full of people that can help with whatever you need, and look out for your friends as well.