This section looks at how to plan your time, ways of revising, and how to combat stress.
Take control of your time. Do what works for you.
Students often say they leave things to the last minute because they work better under pressure.
Don’t worry about what your friends do. Find a method for time management that works for you.
Be selective – you can’t revise everything.
Don't let yourself get exhausted and demotivated.
Make a change before this happens, for example:
Keep changing your way of learning so that you keep fresh and motivated.
Don’t work 24/7 – You need sleep to process all the information you are putting into your brain.
In the diagram, you can see that the student has started with some writing, then moved to thinking, then reading, then perhaps watching a video. By changing the type of study, it is possible to stay fresh and keep motivated for longer.
One method for studying based on this psychology is called the "Pomodoro Technique".
Here are six questions about planning your time.
To get ideas and information into your brain, you can follow this procedure:
In order to learn effectively, it helps to be able to remember key information. There are many tricks to make this easier.
You can also make up songs (or find them online), and you should use your imagination to create your own memory tricks that work for you.
It is better to understand than to memorise because when you understand something you have a mental overview or framework that gives you a structure for learning and memorising. Building your understanding is, therefore, an important part of learning. One way to develop your understanding is to talk and explain to others. It helps you to:
Another important way to develop understanding and promoting your critical thinking is to have an opinion about what you are learning, so don't just memorise it. For example, think about:
If you know that in your exam you could have to write essays that ask you to "discuss..." or "Evaluate...", then thinking of arguments in advance will be an important part of your revision and preparation.
Here is a review activity covering the main points of revising for exams.
Memory techniques from improveism.com: Many memory techniques are described here.