In this blog, we take a look at ten revision tips for students at the University of Birmingham, to help you get the most out of your revision.
One key component in achieving productive revision sessions is making sure that they are conducted in a suitable environment. Being aware of the noise levels within or around the room where you will be working is advantageous, as is making sure that the room you will be working in is free from anything that is going to distract you. The room should be warm, comfortable and have everything you need within easy reach.
Taking an organised approach is pretty essential to the revision process. You could start your planning by creating a timetable that lays-out which areas you will be covering on a weekly and daily basis from the amount of time you have to revise within. From there, you may wish to specify within your timetable what exactly you will be doing and how throughout each individual day.
Alternating regularly what your areas of focus are during the days/weeks might be better for you to keep your mind alert, or it might not, so give your timetable some thought. Another idea to possibly consider is to leave the last week or two weeks or even longer blank, if necessary. Doing this allows you to direct the time you have left to the areas that require more attention than others.
Keeping yourself in the best of health is a good idea for any kind of learning, and revision should be no different. Consequently, it is wise that you aim to eat and drink healthily and avoid consuming things that are detrimental to your health.
While different people require different amounts of sleep, it’s fairly hard to deny that when you’re tired there’s not a whole lot to be gained from your day. On that basis then, it is crucial that you get the right amount of sleep if you want to get the most out of your revision sessions. Between six and nine hours is the amount of sleep adults generally need every night. If you are unsure of how many hours of sleep you need per night, maybe because you have fallen into irregular patterns or habits with your sleeping, then perhaps try experimenting with varying amounts of sleep until you find what suits you best.
Something that could easily come under the timetabling aspect of revision tips, breaks are highly important. Having regular breaks gives you the chance to relax, refresh and recharge, keeping your mind sharp and keeping energy levels up. Avoid having breaks that are too long as they could make you lethargic, and maybe avoid doing something that has the potential to distract you and make your break last too long, like watching an episode on Netflix that is too long or hooks you in and makes you want to watch the next one.
Though something very simple, using colours and images really does make certain parts of your revision materials stand-out. This makes them a little easier to take-in. In addition, colour-coding or the use of images to highlight your revision materials can make the information easier to remember.
Help From Others
Whether its friends, family or fellow students, input from other people could really make a difference to you. By asking you questions about what it is you’re revising or testing you could enhance your ability to recall and explain in regards to your topic areas. It might make a welcome change from simply sitting down and learning on your own, too. It’s possible as well that having someone else’s help might make you feel as though you aren’t so alone in your endeavours and that you have some support from those around you.
Resources and Equiptment
In addition to all of the lecture notes, books and past papers that you will want with you when doing your revision, it is a good idea to have any other resources and equipment close-by or ready to access that will enhance your revision efforts. These may include educational online videos, for example.
Using Your Phone
Most people keep their mobile phone close-by at all times, so why not use it to your advantage when revising? Setting some reminders and alarms on your phone might help you stay on track and keep organised. You could also use your phone to time yourself to see how long it takes to work through a particular section successfully, similar to an exam situation.
Music can definitely grab your attention and keep it there, but that won’t exactly help you make the kind of revision progress that can only really be gained through solid concentration. However, certain more gentle and less distracting types of music such as classical may actually enhance your concentration and focus, and make it more enjoyable, too.
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