For subjects that require you to remember lots of information, flashcards can be your saviour. Cheap, easy to use and most importantly – portable! They are a double-edged revision sword as the process of making notes on them is valuable revision and then you have created your own resource that you can revise from again and again. They come in different colours and sizes, so you are sure to find one that suits your needs.
2. A multimedia approach
The textbook is not the only way to revise. YouTube is saturated with teachers and great organisations who break down information in a clear and often visually pleasing way. You can also use apps and many others to quiz yourself from your phone. Don’t forget the ultimate revision tool that is Get My Grades!
3. Questions, not just content!
So many of us spend the majority of our time making sure we know the content perfectly. This is great, but only half the job. Knowing the content is one thing, but knowing how to apply it is another. Practising actual questions consistently is just as important as this is what you will be doing in the exam. It is also a great way to gauge where your weak spots are!
4. Can you explain it to someone else?
The true measure of how well you have grasped a concept is your ability to explain it to someone else. This requires you to organise your thoughts, use your own words and deliver your knowledge in a clear and concise way. The more fluently you can explain it, the better you know it. Any holes in your knowledge will soon become clear.
5. Traditional notes
The good old power of pen and paper. Taking notes and rewriting notes is a simple, but effective way to take in and understand information. It requires active listening/reading that helps you process the information. Remember, never just copy, word for word, directly out of a textbook. As discovered in Number 4, the more fluently you can explain it in your own words, the better you know it!
Ultimately, when it comes to revision you need to start early and do it regularly as these will be the methods that enhance your already fantastic revision discipline. Good luck for the year ahead!
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