7 things to remember when you are revising for an exam

For most people, revision can be quite stressful and this is why it is advisable to plan for it before or during an examination.

7 things to remember when you are revising for an exam

Below are seven important things to remember when you are revising for your exam.


1. Where to revise

When revising for your exam, the place or room where you complete your revision should be user-friendly so that there are no distractions but not too comfortable so that you risk falling asleep. If you require a computer for your revision, then make sure you adjust the lighting adequately and that you place your computer as close to eye level as possible. This ensures you get less back and neck ache because you do not have to bend to see your screen. Having done that, make sure that the environment is not too hot or too cold. You need to be comfortable if you are going to be revising for any length of time.

 2. Drawing up and sticking to a timetable

If you draw up a plan, the chances of suffering from anxiety reduce because the timetable helps you to set and hit goals for each session making sure that you are well prepared. When drawing up this timetable, add in breaks and time for your meals. Your mind needs breaks and to relax and your body needs the energy from having a decent meal. Plus who doesn’t look forward to a nice break and some food ehh!

 3. Use different methods

If you choose to stick to one method when revising for your exams, then the information might not stick in your memory as well as it should. You need to actively revise by including other methods other than just reading. Try to vary the topics you focus on in each session. If you focus on one topic for a whole session you may find you get bored and not retain as much information as you like therefore wasting valuable revision time. Therefore, liven up your sessions by breaking them up in to different methods of revision like mind mapping and brainstorming.

 4. Seek help from family or friends

Support from those close to you is another way of getting rid of stress and anxiety. Whether they understand what you are doing or not, include them by getting them to ask you questions to test what you have learnt, or let them read as you listen. This will help in breaking up the monotony of reading on your own. Those with experience in revision might have ideas that can help you. Having adequate time for revision means exclusion from your friends and family, this is why you need to try and add some activities in that include them.

 5. Test yourself

Exam papers, which have been set before, could be helpful when you want to test your speed and your knowledge. To do this, you need to use a stopwatch to set the same time and conditions as those during a real exam. If you miss or skip anything, then the idea is that you have time to go back and revise more on those sections.

 6. Allocate more time to recall information

Despite reading, seeing and hearing, most of the information you acquire during the day tends to escape. The human brain requires that you to go over information repeatedly to ensure it stays in your memory. Do not spend all your time reading without stopping to recap or recall what you have revised because if you can’t recall that information then you have not learnt it! To do this, try and look at the notes you wrote on your books and see if you can remember the information that you have studied. If you do not have a clue, then go back and re-read your work again until you can remember it without using your notes.

 7. Relax your mind and get out

As you revise, do not lose connection with what is going on in the real world. This is where your choice of music, talking to a friend, taking a walk or a swim or doing anything else that you enjoy comes in handy. If you are finding that the information is just not being retained, stop! You need to rest so that you can work hard the next day. Revising and working hard for 70% of the time is better than working at a below par level for 100% of the time. Less is more in this case.

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