Revision for exams is difficult. There are no two ways about it. But the task can be made easier by creating a plan and applying useful methods. There are four aspects to revision, which can greatly affect your revision process:
- Taking care of your mental health
- Incorporating physical activity
- Using effective methods
- Smart planning for the revision period
“Students should try to link new ideas to either very familiar (or very weird!) images, which makes them easier to remember when the exam is on”.
(Paraic Scanlon, Psychology Lecturer)
The following are some ways in which you can address them affectively.
There are a lot of mental issues that can affect our revision and general study. We list here some issues that you may come across during revision time. Keep in mind that if you suffer from a more severe mental health problem you should seek out professional help.
Physical aspects of the body can have a very deep connection to how we learn. This seems almost like an unnecessary statement to make, considering how our brains are part of our body, but at crucial times we often neglect it and suffer from it later on.
Methods for revision can be divided into two categories: Learning concepts, and learning facts. Depending on what you are revising, different methods will have to be used to ensure optimal retention.
Planning out revision is not a quick task. Take some time to get it right. Make it flexible so that you do not get caught out. This may take a bit of time to finalise, but it will be worth it later on.
“Good old fashioned quizzing is an ideal vehicle to get students self-testing, which is proven to be a robust revision strategy, so that students can calibrate their knowledge and remembering”.
(Alex Quigley, Director of Huntington Research School)
Pray earnestly for yourself! This can really settle your nerves – especially on the morning of your exam. The following duas are recommended for students:
“O my Lord, increase me in knowledge”.
(Holy Quran 20:114)
“Moses said, ‘My Lord, open out for me my breast, and ease for me my task, and loose the knot of my tongue, that they may understand my speech”.
(Holy Quran 20:26-29)
“Record yourself reading important notes and mentioning important points, listen to the recordings over and over while saying them out aloud – it will help you memorise”.
(Sarah Shah, Psychology BSc)