Revision: The Challenge
Hey Sprouters, how are you all? What are you all up too?
I’m sure a lot of us have exams, am I right?
I know I do and they have come around so fast! Seems like not that long ago it as Christmas.
I am not really an organised person unless I have to be and these exams haven’t made me get organised I am afraid to say. I will admit now that I have done a very minimal amount of revision and these exams have suddenly hit me hard.
I find it very hard to revise as I never know where to start there is just so much of it and then it's how I'm going to revise, it’s all such a challenge.
I tried having a revision time table but that failed as my social life and day-to-day life changes from one week to the next, I make plans last minute so I couldn’t stick to a timetable. How have you guys found the timetables? Did it work for you?
I then have to find a place to do the planned revision which would usually be my living room, but the downfall with that was the TV and my laptop; it’s all much more interesting, I spent very little time revising and more time on other things.
Then there’s how to revise in a way that will help me remember it all, I’m not an overly creative person but just reading doesn’t work.
So now that I've said how bad I am at revising, let's move on to how I have sorted it all out to ensure I pass these exams.
I ditched the timetable and just started at the start, why revise a subject that is your last exam when you haven’t got round to doing the work for your first exam?
My first exam was biology and RE, luckily I enjoy both so made it easier. I have a ring bound note book for all my sciences and just started, some of it is bullet points, some drawing, some mind maps and lots of colour, oh yes I love felt tips so lots of colour.
This has helped me a lot, by doing this it was more organised and easier to hand it to people and ask them to test me, big help! Make sure you do this because then you know what you know and what you don’t.
The next issue, where?
Well it's a nice day as I write this and so I'm outside in the sun, it's actually really relaxing, it’s quiet and the only distraction is my rabbit having a good run around in the garden. I’ve done plenty of work and I also feel good with the sun on my skin, so hitting two birds with one stone; getting a tan and revising.
Give it a try but don’t forget the sun tan lotion and your iPod.
So my tips for revising when it seems an impossible challenge:
- Move somewhere that is quiet and has no distractions
- Decide a starting point and go from there (first exam is a good start)
- Mix it up a bit, revision can get a little boring so don’t stick to the same thing, have same fun with it
- Music is great for me and you can have ‘background’ noise if you don’t like to work in silence
- Be positive! Don’t let it bog you down like I have and don’t put it off or it will get worse! Kind of like a medical problem
- Get tested, have a friend, family member, anyone to test you
And last but not least - good luck!