Five tips for making exam revision easier

Are you facing with a sea of Spring and Summer exams?  No matter what stage of your education you find yourself, it’s crucial to have a good revision strategy. This post will give you a few simple tips as to how you can make your revision easier and more effective, including how to use Post-It Notes for revision.  

Exam Revision Post It Note

1. Find the right strategy for you

One of the most important things when revising is finding a strategy that best suits the way you learn. It’s important to make your revision as painless as possible – there’s no point copying out a textbook word for word if you’re not retaining any of the information. Revision is a versatile process that needs to be tailored to suit an individual.

2. Plan ahead and save valuable time

As painful as it may seem at the time, it’s important that you go back through your notes before and after each lesson. Research has shown that, although few students actually do this, the ones that do have a clearer understanding of content and are more likely to succeed in exams.
Save time by making revision materials before starting your hectic revision timetable. Write lists of key content and topics that you need to learn and rank them in terms of your current understanding, so you know what you need to learn most urgently.
Make cue cards of the key terms and dates that you already know. These can be read on the go and will mean you can concentrate more time on topics you are less familiar with. It’s also helpful to make Q&A cards – have a question relating to a particular topic on one side of the paper, and the answer written on the back.

3. Get creative with your resources

Going beyond writing countless pages of revision notes can be largely beneficial, particularly if you’re a more visual learner. For example, make timelines and stick them somewhere you are going to see them on a regular basis.
Timelines are particularly useful for subjects like History, indicating the timescale of key historic events. However, they can also be used for a wider range of subjects, such as English, for example to illustrate character progression of a novel’s main protagonist (using page numbers instead of dates). Sticky notes are useful as they can be moved around and colour coded to indicate different themes.
When you need to annotate a poem or passage of text, it’s a good idea to enlarge it so you have more room to maneuverer. Use sticky notes to highlight key points without defacing your passage of text. You can again colour code the notes when representing different themes.  

4. Open your mind to maps

Mind maps are a useful tool for illustrating how content is linked – important when trying to achieve top marks when formulating a critical argument. They also provide a more visual representation, encompassing colours, drawings and sketches. Try using Post-it Notes to section your map into key themes using different colours. Sticky notes can also be used to make a larger mind map on a blank surface, such as your bedroom wall.
If you want to make an idea truly stick, jot it down on a Post-it Note and stick it above your bed, on your bathroom mirror or anywhere else you’re not going to miss it. This way, you’re more likely to retain the information when under exam pressure.

5. Have the right tools for the job

Post-it Notes are an all-encompassing tool when it comes to revision. They can be used for highlighting, colour coding and annotating.
Make sure you always have Post-it Notes to hand with NoteShel, our stylish Post-it Note holder and pen.
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