Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Revision tips for exam success!

Since exam season is here, I thought it might be useful to do a post with some tips on revising. Good luck to anyone who has exams and if you have already had them, I'm sure you've done well and this post might be helpful for future ones! You can also incorporate these tips into work too.

So the first thing you want to do is to figure out how you learn best. Some people are visual learners, some are auditory (learn by listening), and some are kinesthetic (learn by doing things), or readitory (learn by reading things). If you're not sure which one of these you are, there is a quiz you can take here:

Now that you know what kind of learner you are, m
ake a timetable so you stay organised, and here are some tips and revision techniques you can try. If you find you are a mixture of learning styles, then you can pick and choose ones from different categories that work for you. 

If you are a visual learner:
-Make posters, charts or diagrams. 
-Use colour in your notes.
-Make coloured flashcards.
-Look at pictures.
-Use mind maps.
-Watch tutorials

If you are an auditory learner: 
-Record yourself reading key notes and listen to it.
-Look for someone on youtube who talks about what you want to learn.
-Look for smartphone apps that might be useful.
-If you don't understand something, get a friend or tutor to explain it to you.

If you are a kinesthetic learner: 
-Organise a group revision session with your friends.
-Invest in a model. For example, if you're learning anatomy, invest in a skeleton to learn it practically.
-Get your family and friends to test you.
-If you are learning a speech, practice out loud.
-Make a song or dance to create a fun way to learn something.

If you learn by reading:
-Read a textbook or revision guide. 
-Re-write notes again and again until you remember.
-Condense the text into smaller chunks so you can remember key facts.

And no matter what type of learner you are, it is always good to do past papers! If you have no past papers, then make up questions that you think you might get asked and do them! 

Remember, everyone is different and what might work for you might not work for someone else. I am a visual learner and my favorite method is making coloured flash cards. It is a matter of trial and error. If like me, you tend to procastinate, put something that will motivate you on the wall, maybe a conditional acceptance letter to the uni/college you want to go to or a poster. Good luck! :) 

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