For many people, May marks the beginning of exam season. It’s that time of year where all thoughts of relaxing go out the window, and people put all their effort into getting the best grades possible.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been lost at the thought of revising. When my first set of serious exams came up a few years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I knew what revision was in theory, but I didn’t know how to actually do it. It was something that took a while to get into the hang of, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite methods below.
The Flashcard Method
I owe all my grades from the last year to this method. I rave about it to anyone I know with upcoming exams, but honestly, it’s been a lifesaver. It’s so versatile, too: there are online websites especially for flashcards, so you don’t even have to buy them.
Personally, I prefer writing them down on little pieces of card. I feel like it helps me remember the question and answer more, but that’s just me. After filling out the cards, I will write the answers to each question on a separate piece of paper. I’ll check the answers afterwards, and add any I do know to a separate pile, continuing to test myself on those I don’t know. The night before, I will then put the flashcards back together and re-test myself to ensure I know everything.
Re-writing notes in colourful ways
I don’t think this is an effective method if you plan to rewrite everything. It takes far too much time, and really, there’s no point. This is a method I tend to use for topics which won’t stick in my brain in any other way. I make boarders around headings, draw diagrams, and use colourful pens. This works for me because it makes revision fun, and provides a point of reference for the future.
No music (or, if you must, nothing with words)
Even if you don’t realise it, when listening to music, your brain is never fully concentrated on the task at hand. As well as trying to take in the information, it is also trying to listen and process the music. This means it will take far longer to take in the information than if you were to do so in silence. If you can’t work in complete silence, try an instrumental or classical tracks, where the lack of words means there is less to process.
Listen to study songs
This may seem slightly hypocritical after my last piece of advice, but hear me out. I don’t mean that you should listen to study songs while revising other things, but I’m sure there’s time in your day where you’d usually listen to music where you can do this instead. Perhaps when you’re getting a bus to and from school, or when you’re tidying your room. I recently discovered studytracks, which has lots of songs for several different subjects.
Follow study tags on social media
Sometimes, all we need to get in the mood to revise is some motivation. What’s better than seeing lots of pretty notes on Instagram, or someone’s study routine on YouTube to get you in the mood? This can definitely be helpful in getting motivation, but if you know this will distract you, then it might not be the best idea.
The tags on social media that I know of includes: Studyblr on Tumblr, Studygram on Instagram, and Studytube on YouTube.
Have you heard of these tips before? Have you used them, and have they helped you at all? If they have, let me know down in the comments below!
Good luck to anyone who is taking their exams in the next few months. It might be helpful to read my post about why exams aren’t everything if you need a reminder that your best is enough. Remember, exams can be retaken, your life can’t. Always take care of you first.
Thanks for reading, and until next Saturday