It’s April, we’ve finally reached the Easter holidays (longest Semester EVER) and the sun is shining. Life would be just perfect if I didn’t have six exams looming over my head, starting in less than two weeks *screams*. However, right this moment I’m feeling (scarily) chilled out so I’m just going to take half an hour out of my (intense) revision schedule to update you all on what I find to be excellent revision tips for those of you who have an exam this summer – or several.
- Create prompt sheets for each exam and stick them on your wall. Each poster should contain the length and weighting of the exam, and exam topics to revise. Here’s one of mine…
As you might be able to see – I’ve written how long the exam is, how heavily this exam impacts my overall grade (60% for this one!), the date, time and location of the exam, what topics we need to study and what number lecture they correspond to, and I’ve written down some tips and hints our lecturer gave us about content and styling of exam questions. I’ve even included a calculation of how well I need to do in this particular exam to get a first overall! Collating all this information and putting it in one accessible place is a lot more helpful than havng to go through Learning Central everytime you need to check what topics need revising.
- Eat right! I know, every exam advice article says this. I know. But recently my health and energy levels have been.. not so good, to say the least, which isn’t very conducive to exam prep. Drink plenty of smoothies, drink at LEAST 2 litres of water every day and have a good snack such as a bowl of strawberries or a Nakd bar to keep you going through revision. Avoid coffee – I’ve learned the hard way that caffiene may pep you up but it brings you down spectacularly. Postpone takeaways and meal-deals until after exams – realistically you know you need good, fresh food to get your brain working. Trust me on this one!
- Timetable. It’s so essential not to do 24/7 revision – you won’t learn anything and you’ll tire yourself out. Instead, plan out chunks of time dedicated for revision and then chunks of time dedicated to relaxing and looking after yourself. What I do is plan my day out- see below an average day during revision period.
09:00 to 10:00 – Wake up, check emails, eat breakfast. Get ready for the day.
10:00 to 12:00 – Performance and financial management exam paper May 2011.
12:00 to 12:30 – Hour’s break, catch up on 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.
12:30 to 13:30 – Marketing research cue card prep and practice.
13:30 to 14:00 – Lunch and watch YouTube videos.
14:00 to 15:00 – Operations management topic 3 revision notes.
15:00 to 16:00 – Buyer Behaviour topic 1 mind map creation and revision notes.
16:00 to 17:00 – Get mid-afternoon snack and revise marketing research cue cards again.
17:00 to 21:00 - Free time. Make sure to phone boyfriend, cook dinner, pick up food shopping delivery. Watch Line of Duty last ep.
21:00 to 22:00 – One hour of PFM revision before bed (tutorial question 2)
You might think it is intense planning your day as such, but having SPECIFIC revision tasks is a lot more helpful than just telling yourself you’re going to revise. Plan exactly what youll be doing (past paper for topic 1, cue cards for topic 2, etc) will be a lot easier to keep track of, and planning exactly when you’re going to relax means that you don’t have to forgo seeing friends, going out, and watching TV and films during exam period. Trust me, it works!