Pure revision tips, what to do if you don’t feel confident and how to efficiently revise core materials of courses.
Hi everyone, for many of us this will be a time of assessments and exams, so this week the student team will be sharing their tips on how to revise and keep confident during exam season!
Gaining confidence in material that you have learned.
“It can be so easy for me to doubt my knowledge after having studied and revised, even after following my revision plan. In addition to verbal affirmations, I often print out my notes and go through them. Seeing my knowledge written down often reassures me and quantifies it in some way.”- Salma, Politics and International Relations
“I often find myself doubting my abilities when faced with exams and imagining worst case scenarios. When this happens I test my knowledge and understanding with past questions, the results are often reassuring. Taking short breaks to relax and reflect on how I have aced exams in the past is equally very helpful. In addition to easing my anxiety, it provides me with a proper perspective on my abilities.”- Fatimah, Law
“I find a good way to gain confidence in material I’ve learned is to test myself on it at the start of the next revision or study session. By trying to answer questions I set myself at the end of the last one, I can see how much I’ve taken in and go over concepts again that I didn’t understand so well.”- Olivia, Psychology
No nonsense guide to revisions during exam weeks!
“I always leave the most recent past paper untouched until the last phases of revision. When I feel like I’ve gone over the teaching material, I visit this paper and see what percent of it I can answer without any help. I almost always find that my understanding of the subject is better than I believed it to be and this reclaims my confidence in the exam material.”- Raghav, Mechatronic Engineering
“I have found mind mapping an extremely helpful tool as I end up creating more branches about a subject than I realise…and it’s fine to have one idea, image, sentence etc per branch! I then use this to condense all the keywords in one sub-topic to a cheat sheet where I have one size of A4 with a couple of lists of these. This then allows me to spark my memory and learn to word associate and trust that I will remember things as I start writing in an exam, rather than trying to cram-revise multiple sentences I have previously written (if you do some practice questions, you will find yourself remembering these sentences anyway).” -Rachel, Fashion Management and Marketing
Solo studying vs group studying.
“Group studying is something I was not initially keen on at the start of my studies, but I found it to be so useful! It’s a matter of how you work as a group, and the group you’re actually studying with. One way of group studying is a silent study with me session, and it can be very productive if you stick to a pomodoro technique or in a learning environment like the library. This way of group studying helps to hold you accountable, looking at your peers studying hard is motivating, and makes me want to follow suit. Another way of group studying that is more vocalise to take a walkthrough and verbally go through notes or lessons, explaining a topic helps you recall that information and sets it in very strongly.”-Salma, Politics and International Relations
“I’ve always found group study to be complementary to individual study. Group revision has helped me reaffirm my understanding and clearing any doubts I’ve had during my study sessions. Having each person in a group running everyone through their methodology of solving a problem has helped me learn different approaches. That being said, I’ve only found group study sessions to be helpful when everyone in the group has spent some time on the subject individually.” -Raghav, Mechatronic Engineering
“As an introvert, I’ll always lean towards and favour solo studying! I find I can focus on what I need to do or work on without distractions and inefficiency which may arise from veering off-topic during group studying! Having said that, an extrovert friend recently roped me into group studying sessions as she works better during them. We used the Pomodoro technique to set 2-hour study sessions, with breaks in between, and I found that they’re great for productivity too. I think the key is to make sure that you focus on the studying and don’t talk too much during the actual session (not including the breaks of course)!” -Olivia, Psychology
“I have always liked a bit of both. Working in a group really helps my focus and discipline whilst working solo gives me time and space to myself. I find continuously working together can make me start to compare my abilities and knowledge with others. However working in a group for the right amount of time for me means that I can verbalise what I know and work with others.”- Rachel, Fashion Management and Marketing
“I start by studying alone to ground myself in the course materials before meeting up with colleagues to discuss. This way I am able to make meaningful contributions, see anything I might have missed, and update my understanding whilst studying alone later. However, I found group study to be of limited use when exams are fast approaching because by then I must have had a robust understanding of the course materials and would not want to be distracted by something which may be irrelevant to my potential grade being said by a colleague during group study. This just upsets my balance and gives me a feeling that I might have missed a lot of things.” — Fatimah, Law
Thanks for reading this weeks tips and we hope you found these useful. Good luck from the student team on your exams!
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