Revision is a bore! Long and tedious. Boring and dull. Did I mention it was boring? It is hard to get motivated for revising and essay writing but your success in an exam or essay could rest on how well you revise.
So depending on who you are a person I have prepared some tips which might help you:
The Meticulous planner
- Create a Revision Timetable: Start revising several weeks before your exams are due to start. Exam timetables are normally released well in advance. Be realistic with the time you have and remember to factor in a fair amount of rest time.
- Identify key topics: For each course, identify what you need to revise. Look back at past papers and the course content in order to work out what you should revise. An old teacher of mine used to say “Revise the trees, not the forest”- basically don’t try and revise everything as you won’t have time and you’ll start to panic.
The Memory reviser
Ok, so you have a great memory. You make people jealous with how well and quick you remember things. Or perhaps you struggle to remember things?
- Don’t leave things until the last minute! Never a good idea, give yourself plenty of time to look over things.
- Good notes taken in classes mean you can spend more time revising and less time researching.
- If you’re struggling to remember words or terms try to associate it with an image or song to see if it makes it easier to remember.
“I’ll do it later” but later never comes. Those texts need checking every 10 minutes and that new series isn’t going to watch itself!
Procrastinators what you need is time. Time to revise and time to relax.
- Set yourself small, achievable targets each day. This could be a minimum number of words to write or even how long you work. Perhaps work for 20 minutes and have a 10 minute break (just be strict with yourself)
- Remove distractions- yes that series is good but perhaps wait until the evening before you binge. Whilst trying to revise turn off your phone/ TV/ music if they are a distraction. Additionally while you can’t simply remove that one distracting flatmate, you can find a space that you can work easily in.
- Reward yourself- need encouragement to write? Try: http://writtenkitten.net which rewards you every 100 words with a picture of a cute cat!
Whatever your style, I hope this helps!