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As exam season is just the corner I’ve decide to share all my tips on how I revise for my university exams. Exams can be hard and daunting but if you prepare and revise for them properly then they should be simple and you’ll get good grades. I actually don’t have any exams this semester at uni, I only have essays which I am very happy to have finished but I did have exams last semester and I used all these tips to help me get better grades. A lot of my tips can be used together so you are getting an even more detailed tip, so here are some of my tips for revising for exams.
1. Make detailed notes from the start
So my first tip for exams is all about making good quality notes from the start of the course. I am guilty of not making the best notes for all the topics in my modules and I do notice it when it comes to revision. For uni, lecturers usually give their lecture slides in advance so what I would recommend doing is re writing the slides in your own way, not just copying the lecture slides word for word and when you go to your lecture you can add more notes in while your lecturer is talking. When it comes to your revision time it makes everything 10x easier as you have detailed notes that you can revise from, I usually end up rewriting those notes too to make even more detailed notes.
2. Writing your notes by hand
I learned this tip from my lecturer, at the start of last semester, who directed me to a Buzzfeed article about how to revise. She said that if you handwrite all your notes then you’ll revise better with then than typed notes and because I used to type up all my lecture notes and just look over them when revising I decided to change my ways which was difficult at first but this does works, trust me. When revising you are more likely to remember your own writing rather than typed up notes so I make sure all my notes are hand written now and I take in so much more from my notes now than a standard font from a computer. I can’t find the specific article but here is a similar Buzzfeed article which also has more good tips for revision- https://www.buzzfeed.com/jamiejones/innovative-revision-hacks-to-help-you-survive-your-exams?utm_term=.ikDxLYMJpr#.riPbQ7ZGxj.
3. Use Coloured Pens For Notes
This is one of my favourite things about revising, I love making my notes all colourful and appealing to read. I use the Stabilo Point 88 pens and a my notebook for the module and for every set of notes I have to write I assign 2 or 3 colours, so I do go overboard with too many colours. It really makes my notes more appealing to read as they are bright and exciting, way better than just black and blue biro pens.
4. Make Flashcards
Again for my exams last semester, I made flashcards using the app Chegg (free on the App Store) and they really helped me revise. There were times when I had to go out so what I done was I took my iPad with me and revised on the go so I wasn’t missing out on a chance to revise. I know for some people this tip won’t work but I really like using flashcards as they work well for me. I make the flashcards after I’ve read over all my notes and I would make them for the topics I need to learn and revise each set of cards 3/4 times until I can look at the card and know what the answer is straight away. If you revise with a friend then is works well as you can take turns in quizzing each other and you both learn together.
5. Don’t Over Revise and Sleep Well
My final tip may sound stupid but it is true, if you over revise you’ll not remember the information you’ve just spent time revising. For my exams in first year I crammed for my exams and revised so much and it did show, my grades were not the best. I would revise so much and learn everything all at once and when it came to the exam I had forgot all I had learned. So for my exams last semester I would revise for around 30/45 minutes at a time and then take a break, it can be for as short or as long as you want but as long as you’re taking a break to absorb all you have learned you’ll remember everything for your exam. Obviously when taking a break don’t take the piss, I usually take a break for 30 mins and then start back up revising again. The night before your exam I’d also recommend having a good nights sleep, it will mean you are all refreshed in the morning and ready for your exam rather than having 3 hours sleep because you have been up half the night revising and being half asleep in the exam room. Also another thing I’d recommend for the day of your exam is to not cram in too much revision just before the exam as you’ll just stress yourself out thinking you don’t know anything (I’ve been there) when you get in the exam room you’ll have worked yourself into too much of a panic and you’ll have forgotten everything you’ve learned.
I wish everyone good luck in their exams and I hope these tips will be helpful in either these exams or in future exams.