As a Psychology student, I know that research has shown that the longer the period of time you try to remember a piece of information the more you will remember. So that means the earlier you start your revision the better! If you spread 20 hours of revision over 3 weeks it is a lot better for your memory than 2 days of cramming! So basically, if you’re reading this and haven’t started revising yet… open your first revision book and crack on!
Make a plan
Start to plan on what days you are going to get some revision done . There is no way you should be revising every single day.. I mean it is called a holiday for a reason! But you want to make sure on the days you are revising you are putting your time to use. If you wake up at 11 thinking “yeah might finally crack on with some revision today” spend another 2 hours lounging around and figuring out what revision you could do and you’ll probably just end up crying because you realise how much revision you have. Stop the waterworks. It’s time to make a plan.
Tips on how to make a good plan
Spread your time wisely
Think about how much each exam is worth. Full year modules will be worth 30 credits while half year will be worth 15 credits. You want to try and spread your time equally if each exam is worth the same amount or spend a bit more time on those full year module exams. Also each module’s exam may be worth different percentage of the module grade. So for example I have exams that are 75% of my module grade and 50% of module grade.
Look at past papers
Look at what type of exams it is. It could be essay based, short questions, multiple choice or a mix. You need a make a plan around what type of revision you need to do. For essay exams you may not need to learn every lecture but learn a few more in-depth. For example one of my exams is 1 essay out of 6. So if I learn 5 lectures 1 will defiantly come up. While if you have a multiple choice exam you will need to learn each lecture but not so in depth. So plan your revision according.
Plan what days you are going to revise
Plan a reasonable amount of time in your week to revise! Also make sure you are having days off too! Easter is also about chilling (and eating chocolate!).
Try and stick to the plan but don’t pressure yourself!
When creating a plan you may have missed judged it. Realising actually you can’t get through as many lecture notes as you thought in a day. Don’t be dishearten just alter the plan to suit your own revision plan. That’s of course if you’re not having facebook breaks every 10 minutes!
Other revision advice: Try and find quiet and non distracting place to revise
If you have gone home for easter finding somewhere appropriate to revise may be hard. My dad likes to put his bass speakers up loud (yes my 50 year old dad!) so I know how hard it can be to get some peace at home. How tempting it can be to revise in bed.. that’s probably no good too! Find somewhere you can set up all your work and is quiet. Maybe a kitchen table if you don’t have a desk in your room! If the place you could revise is usually loud, you could always ask you family to be quiet for a couple hours. Or most places often have library you could go study in too!
I hope your easter holidays are going well and you’re also having a well deserved break! Eat some chocolate and do some revision 🙂