The most important turning point in any student’s life that may make or break it is the GCSE and A- LEVEL exams. Students often hear this sort of assertion from their parents or teachers. Students either of any age tends to get nervous when they hear the word exams. Parents start endless ranting and forcing their children to go to the room and study for endless hours. Students start thinking with unlimited number of questions with what to study? From which books does he/ she will get high grades? Should I copy someone else’s notes? Try doing homework with a new pattern that I do not understand a bit? If you are the one with all these questions then read our revision guidance tips. The answers to all these questions lie in doing revision work with an appropriate pattern of guidance that not only takes your pressure off but give you a boost of self-confidence that you are getting prepared for some of the toughest of exams of your life.
Students often find ways in order to control their exam nervousness they are often directed to useless websites which add heaps to their frustration. To calm your nerves, we present you a revision guide with easy yet important and solid tips:
Tip # 1: Understand yourself
Before starting any kind or course of study you must understand few tit bits that are although old but still implied and effective today. Memorizing the lesson daily, followed by weekly and monthly revision will definitely give good results in the long run. Although most of the times we are told that memorizing is not related to revision factor but the reality remains the same, it is important. Students should memorize basic concepts such as definitions, important formulas and labelled diagrams to get good grades.
It is extremely essential to rewind the lesson attended numerous times through the technique of rehearsing to retain the information fresh in mind.
Chunking information, DIY Audio and use of visuals are some of the methodical yet very effective techniques in memorising the lessons/ topics.
Information formed in grouping like writing notes on flash cards is called chunking. Use of visuals works brilliantly when memorising a long detailed topic. One of the best employed techniques to date is still reading out loud either to urself or to someone else. This helps in recalling your own voice during exams.
DIY Audio works best in memorising long texts, quotations, vocabulary, English and foreign languages. It is done by using Dictaphone and or mobile phone recording application.
Associating information with the objects acts as a great tool too. Students learn a particular topic by associating with the other part of the topic or any object. This helps them in recalling when a certain topic or disease is related to the real life object or thing.
According to a scientific study when we learn something new or for the first time if it is not being rehearsed within the next 24 hours it may start to fade away. The only way to retain the information is by revisiting it.
Tip # 2: Making a realistic working timetable
A revision timetable that is in actual practical is far difficult to make than just to make a timetable. Students often create timetables that are nearly impossible to implement. One must make a timetable keeping in consideration one’s own personality and learning capacity. It might take a few or more attempts in making a timetable that suits you but once you find it you will definitely achieve your goals through it. Although avoid spending extra on making a perfect timetable and end up with less or no revision time.
Tip # 3: Choose specific hours
As every individual is different so is the routine that suits a certain person. According to us the best time to go through the revision process is when brain is still fresh that is early morning part of the day. If you put aside these specific hours it will help your brain to set to the daily pattern of rehearsing at the specific time.
Tip # 4:Make good notes
A very useful tip in getting good grades comes from making to the point good notes. Make notes neatly and precisely. Always use more than one source while collecting data for your notes including school work, tuition notes, internet sites and library books. Use as much as possible diagrams, flow charts and tables in your notes. You won’t miss a single point like this.
Tip # 5:Develop a routine sleeping pattern
Students usually do not sleep properly during stressed period of exams. It is always a best idea to develop your sleeping pattern 3-4 months prior to your tests or exams. It will help you in staying fresh, waking up better and thus leading to effective learning.
Tip # 6: Always Test yourself
Researchers have found that studying and rehearsing the information/ lesson followed by the tests taken helps a lot in identification of one’s weakness and its one of the best way to revise/ check yourself.
Tip # 7: Eat properly
Your eating habits and the choice of food affects a lot on your mental and physical health. Students eating diet rich in sugary and salty snacks may end up being tired as these foods tend to raise blood sugar levels leading to diabetes and obesity. The best food is the one rich in fiber. Maintain your diet with healthy and balanced proportions of fruits and vegetables which will make you fuller for a long time making you feel more energetic.
Tip # 8: Get regular exercise
A very old saying that “a healthy body has a healthy mind” completely justifies our last tip for better revision. It is one of the most important factors students usually overlook/ do not bother about in revision sessions. Do not over do yourself with excessive workout sessions or playing football all day along that you end up resting all day. Have a standard 30 minute cardio activity which makes you feel better about yourself.