Revision: my top revision methods 

In today’s article I’m going to address the issue of revision. We all have to do it at some point throughout are academic education, so we might as well ace it! 

I’ve complied the article into a kind of cheat sheet (more on cheat sheets below) on the top revision methods and how to make them most effective! 

Firstly I’d like to discuss my favourite method, revision cards. To me revision cards are the most productive revision method. They do not take a long time to make and are a great way of condensing you notes into the most important points.  They can be used anywhere due to their size, so if you have to take a bus journey you can pop a few in your bag. I find a great way to revise from them, is to try and learn them off by heart, read them over and over again until the information is stuck in your head. I think of the revision cards as pockets of knowledge and once I feel I know them well enough I get someone else to test me! 

This is great for learning facts and methods, however you cannot cover every piece of information you might possibly need on revision cards, this is where practice papers come in. Once you feel you have a topic down the best thing to do is test yourself on some practice questions. These can be from a past paper, your text book, or even a question your friend has made up! Not only is this a great way to prepare for the real exam and reaffirm your knowledge, but it shows you where the gaps are and what topics you need to re revise. 

For your weaker topics that need extra revision, I find mind maps a great way to get all the information I need onto one page. This means that any topics I don’t understand I can cover efficiently by jotting everything down at once. If like me, you have a photographic memory, this method is particularly good as you can memorise the whole page! 

Close to the exam, get a group of your course mates together and try and teach each other different topics. If someone doesn’t understand your first explanation, no worries! This enables you to learn how to explain the information in different ways, which benefits the both of you!  

These four methods have been tried and tested by me for the past 15 years! They don’t always work for everyone, so it’s about finding what works best for you! But they are a good place to start. 

Happy revising! 

Lottie x 

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Summer study tips 

For some students out there the summer is the perfect time to learn a skill or start a new hobbie you don’t have time to do in the academic year. So here are an accumulation of tips for helping you achieve a productive summer. 

Learning a language 

1. Apps 

A great way to start learning the basics of a language is to use apps such a Duolingo or Memrise. Set yourself a reminder and work on them for a short period each day, eventually it will become a habit and you’ll have cracked the basics in no time! 

2. Go visit the country 

If you have the time and money, I’ve found the best way to tackle a language is to visit a native speaking country. A great way is to live with a family, you can find out how to do this through companies such as workaway.info or woofing. 

Learning an instrument 

1. Buy second hand instruments on sites such as eBay or gumtree. This will reduce the over head cost. Then use YouTube videos to find free tutorials, go into charity shops to find second hand music books or find a friend who plays the same instrument to give you a few pointers. 

2. Set a reminder on your phone and practice for at least half an hour as many days as you can in the week. Not only will it become a habit, but you’ll get the hang of your playing the instrument more quickly this way. 

3. Pick a piece of music and give yourself a time limit. Select a piece you would like to play and give yourself a set amount of weeks to be able to learn it. This way you will keep focused as have you a short hand goal in mind. 

Further reading

1. If like me you like to be ahead on your studies, look up what modules will be coming up in the next semester. If there isn’t a suggested reading list already posted, email your lecturer and get their opinion on which books to read. Get yourself a nice notebook and start writing up some notes for next semester. It may seem boring, however it will make a huge difference when you go back in September! 

2. If reading and taking notes during summer is not for you, try watching YouTube videos and documentaries and making notes via this format. This way enables you to save videos and perhaps watch them when you are travelling or have no internet. 

3. You could also create a group chat of friends on your course and compare notes and ideas over the summer. This is a more interactive method and also means you get to see your friends! 

I hope this helps give you some ideas for summer study! 

Lottie x