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Friday, 19 April 2013
Revision, Revision, Revision
I've decided to write a blog on revison as I know it's something a lot
of people really struggle with (I used to.) It can be so so stressful, the
months leading up to your exams can feel like your brain is full of spagetti
and a mixed jumble of quotes, facts and essay sructures often a mix of all
different subjects combined. Hopefully it will help people who are struggling
and maybe are really stressed out, or give people some techniques that they've
never thought of using. Hopefully it will help anyone who maybe
dyslexic/dyspraxic too as I know from my personal experiences how hard revision
is especially if like me you have a short term memory like a sieve. But
hopefully it will help everyone. Let me know if you find it helpful, and
remember I'm only a text/dm/facebook chat away, if you feel stressed out please
don't suffer in silence, I'm here to help and calm people down. Love and hugs it may seem hard right now but there is light at the end of the tunnel I promise.
First of all if you find revision hard or difficultor more challinging than your
friends you are NOT stupid I repeat not. You just need to find what learning
techniques work best for you, everyone is different. Don't be scared of going for help or support, it's nothing to be ashamed of, lots of people need help once in a while. It's also important to
have goals and somehing to think of at the end of it to help you achieve it.
Maybe it's a pop concert, or a shopping spree or a night out or maybe you're
going on holiday, having something fun and exciting to look forward to can
really help motivate you.
that success starts with yourself you cannot blame teachers, parents,
mates or whatever – take responsibility for achieving well yourself. Make a
personal contract with yourself e.g. I will do 5 hours revision this weekend.If
you achieve your contract, give yourself a break or a little reward.
learning is using all the senses we have together to help us learn in the most
effective way either by seeing, hearing or doing (visual, audio or kinasthetic)
multi sensory learning is inter twining them together. Here are some strategies
which might help which I’ve used myself or found from helpful websites: (I’ve
put them in bullet points to make them easier to read.)
your condensed notes about one topic on
·Use colour to highlight – a different colour for
each topic, for example.
·Make big posters for each topic, using colour and
other visual clues. Pin them up where you can
look at them frequently.
·Make diagrams and charts.
·Record facts and information on tape, to listen to
in the car or out walking.
and tv programmes linked to your subjects.
are revising, read the stuff out loud.
around during revision – don’t sit still.
perform your notes, as in a play – anything which makes
them stand out in your memory.
material to someone as a lesson – or do it to yourself –
but do it aloud.
powerpoint presentation on the material.
someone to test you.
test them as well – thinking of questions is a good way to
different types of music for different topics or subjects. When
stuck in an exam, relax and think of the music for the topic,
might trigger your memory.
memory works by building links. We remember things which are
in our mind by repetition, sense, colour, rhythm, rhyme, or
which is unique, absurd or unusual. Practise organizing your thoughts on a
range of exam questions by quickly jotting down ideas as they come into
– brainstorming. Then put them into groups of related
ideas. Now put the groups into a logical order. Allow 5 to10
minutes for this.
·Break down your subject into topics.
·Plan your revision timetable in detail – but not as
an excuse not
to get on with the revision.
·Don’t spend all your time on the interesting
·Allow some free time – all-night marathons are not
the way to
·If you haven’t been reworking and condensing your
throughout the year, start to do
·Revise everything more than once – overlearning is
revision time with a friend sometimes.
explaining your topic to someone who does not know
anything about it. If you can do this, it proves
be on the look-out for issues and themes.
writing under timed conditions and be realistic about
you can produce in the given time.
cover, write, check.
an old and trusted technique that still works for many people: