As the year draws to a close, exam season seems to have snuck up on everyone. The exam timetables have been sent out, computers in the ASSL are becoming increasingly scarce, and it’s starting to feel a lot realer. As a prolific procrastinator I can make no claims to be a revision expert, but I thought I might share a few things I’ve picked up in this blog.
1. Less is more
When ASSL and Julian Hodge are full every hour of the day ,and the games of sleep deprivation top trumps starting it can feel a little intimidating. You may feel like you should be dedicating every waking hour to revision and that you aren’t doing enough. It’s worth remembering that not all revision is equal. Five straight hours of revision on no sleep or proper food is easily topped by two after a good rest with regular breaks. Aim for quality over quantity.
2. You know yourself best
At university you are very much left to your own devices when it comes to studying. This can be liberating in that you can work however you feel is best, but it can also feel a bit intimidating. Sometimes you just don’t know where to start and revising for an exam can feel like an insurmountable task.
All you need to remember is that you have revised for and done very well in exams in the past to get into Cardiff in the first place. You know yourself and what works revision wise for you best so have confidence in that. Hours in the library at ungodly hours does work for some people, but some people prefer their own room, copious amounts of tea and the odd 10 minutes of internetting. If it works stick with it and don’t feel you are doing anything ‘wrong’.
As the year draws to a close and you spend less time in uni, and see less of your course mates and lecturers it can feel a bit isolating. Never be afraid to ask for help though, whether it is a question relating to your work or if you need a bit of extra support over the exam period. The only stupid question is one that you were afraid to ask. Your friends, family and lecturers all want you to do well in your exams, so don’t be afraid to turn to them if you need help.
I hope that this has been some help and that everyone’s revision is going well. Good luck!