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I was looking around here and noticed that there is not one Instructable on revision (or if there is one I didn't see it).

Revision is really important if you want to do well in your exams - I'm going to show a few of the best techniques that work for me.

Just to say - revision requires concentration - you can't expect it all to work if you don't put any effort in.
 
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Step 1: Place to revise

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One of the most important things is the place where you want to revise.

- It needs to be comfortable, you work best if you are relaxed
- It needs to be free from distractions - NOT while watching TV. If you are using a computer, close any windows that may distract you (eg. Facebook, game site etc.)
- If you want, and are doing a long session, have a drink (preferably water - it will help you focus) and maybe a small snack.
- Personally I don't have any music playing, but some people find that some quiet, relaxing music helps them

Step 2: Revising Method

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It's best to use a variety of methods, but make sure you do enough on each one.

A timetable that works well for me is:

0:00 to 0:25 - Subject 1
0:25 to 0:35 - Break
0:35 to 1:00 - Subject 2
1:00 to 1:25 - Subject 3
1:25 to 1:35 - Break
1:35 to 2:00 - Subject 4 etc.

The variety of subjects stops you from getting too bored. Although I wouldn't recommend doing this for more than 2 1/2 hours as you lose concentration.
aaronnguyen1411 months ago
yeah i have exams coming up in week 5 and i have to do it all in week 5 so i just don't know how to revise of how to start taking down my notes can someone please help me?
UltraMagnus5 years ago
well, I guess the problem is that the education system (at least, in the UK) pretty much encourages cramming and teaching for exams. I never seem to be able to revise properly myself, I either know and understand something the first time I read it; or find it impossible to do anything but cramming about it, just to try and pass the exam.
Mr. Rig It5 years ago
Excellent advice. Please don't tell me that is the classroom size in the UK.
xilefakamot (author)  Mr. Rig It5 years ago
What? At the top? No that's just meant to be the exam room. UK classes tend to be about 20 - 30
uguy5 years ago
Revise for an exam?
xilefakamot (author)  uguy5 years ago
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In the US we say review for an exam. I understood what you were saying though.
xilefakamot (author)  Mr. Rig It5 years ago
Ah, OK That might be why I didn't find and i'bles on it
lemonie5 years ago
It's years ago for me, but you say some good stuff. I'd add "get hold of past exam papers" to this if that's practical?

On the subject of "If you've revised well, you shouldn't need to do any cramming."

If you've paid attention in class you shouldn't need to do any cramming.

Cramming and revision tend to amount to the same thing for a lot of people. They turn up to class / lectures and write things down (or they don't and photocopy what someone else wrote down at the end of term...), then they try to cram a term's worth into their head in a few days.

If you're going to bother to sit through a lesson, that is the time to apply yourself. Revision in a strict sense is going over what you've already learned.
You understand this which is good, best wishes for your exam results.

L
xilefakamot (author)  lemonie5 years ago
To be honest I've never had to revise much to remember stuff, but I've seen so many people boring themselves to death just staring at textbooks. So I decided to write this.
You do well. I think you've got a better approach to learning that the people who stare at text-books. Could be helpful to someone who can get beyond staring at text-books, and let's hope so. L
Pazzerz5 years ago
I was always the guy who marked up my textbooks as we were going through them in class, wrote the highlighted parts on paper, and used those papers for a cramming session before a test. The only time I didn't do it was college. I still have college texts that were never opened (still in the wrapper) and I kept a 3.75 minimum. I'm figuring that going for another masters might be more challenging and the old methods will come back to being very handy. If not, this may help.
unigamer5 years ago
Flash cards have helped me through all my exams. You learn when you write them and learn when you use them. If it is a particularly tricky set then every question I couldn't do I write down. Also, I wouldn't bother with those little pre-cut card things. Just use A4 paper and you can get at least 8 per sheet.