Revision is my least favourite part of education - I find it to be the transition between learning new, exciting material, and spending months going back over stuff that I really should have remembered the first time around in the lecture….. Nonetheless, after going through this for GCSE, A levels and now university, there are ways I've found to make it easier and more bearable.
TOP 3 THINGS WHILE REVISING
1) Read though lecture notes. Not just your notes, but also any lecture materials available! (We have the powerpoints files usually available online) Chances are, if it’s in the lecturer's powerpoint, or you wrote it down, it’s worth knowing!
2) Go to revision lectures. If you can persuade your lecturer to run a revision session (either whole-class, or individual) talk to them about revision papers.
3) PAST PAPERS. At the very least, you should have access to a specimen paper. I tend to do them twice, once open book, with friends, discussing answers, and then again, under exam conditions, then mark each other’s (or at the very least discuss each other’s answers) this is probably how I got through second year…… (for those already at the University, exam papers can be found on the student portal).
TOP 3 THINGS OUTSIDE REVISION
1) Don’t overwork yourself. Plan something nice every few days- going to see a film with friends, giving yourself a day off, getting in a 20 inch pizza, whatever is motivation for you!
2) Regular breaks. When working alongside friends, I accomplish this by distracting them (or getting distracted by them!)
3) Remember revision isn’t the only thing in life. It can be a slippery slope to wake up, eat, shower, go straight to work. Perhaps stop for lunch (perhaps) then fall into bed at about midnight. It just isn’t relaxing. And chances are, it’s the same thing some people did for coursework deadlines….
One last thing- 8 hours sleep minimum. Seriously. And good luck! You shouldn't need it!