Revision is unluckily or unfortunately necessary part of college, school and even university life, therefore follow this selection of quirky and classic revision tips to get you through your all-important exams.
The undeniable link between memory formation and sleep in the brain makes getting sufficient sleep the greatest advice for studying students. Despite the stress surrounding the examination time, try to get as much sleep as possible as it will enhance your quality of concentration and revision afterwards.
Also linked to enhancing concentration and memory, taking enough normal breaks is a must for revising students. Each student is different, so take regular breaks when works best for you.
START REVISION EARLY-
It is called revision, not learning, thus aim to have read everything through weeks before you start really revising. If you are learning new topics and material on the run up to an examination you will have much less chance of remembering it.
Doing past examination papers in a controlled time and then marking your own work is a excellent way to judge your progress and get your timing correct. It is also a great way for you to think about what you are revising, rather than just reciting facts over and over. Most examination board offers past papers and mark schemes for free on their sites therefore check whether these are available for your examination.
Chewing gum has been scientifically proven to enhance concentration, and often allows students to work for much longer time without getting diverted or distracted. Memorize to not chew for too long though as some gums, mainly sugar free and mint flavored ones are not especially healthy or easy on your digestion.
WORK WHEN IS BEST FOR YOU-
Everybody has their own niche of optimal working time period during the night or day. If you prefer to work late then do not shy for waking up later in the mornings. Similarly if you work good in the mornings do not be afraid to go to bed before 10pm.
EAT AND DRINK SENSIBLY-
Almost 85% of your brain is made of water therefore keep hydrated to aid concentration. Try to keep away from energy drinks as they are packed with chemicals which are not doing your body or brain any favors. If you actually feel you need some caffeine try some coffee or tea instead? When it comes to food try to stay healthy too. Students use to take either stress-eat junk food, or forget about eating when it comes to lengthy revision, thus try to find a balance which works for you.
THE ‘POST-IT NOTE TECHNIQUE’-
The premise of this is like any ‘to do list’ but for every chore you need to do, for example a timed past paper write it on a post it note and stick it on the wall. Do this for all tasks you think you will need to do before you sit your examination. Once you have completed a task you can remove the post it from the wall. This method is great as you can visualize exactly what has to be done and found that will be helpful than a generic revision schedule.
The greatest way to memorize something is to teach it to someone new. Even if your parents and family member have no knowledge of the Second World War or organic chemistry, explain a concept to them so they understand. This will assist improve your memory as your brain can recall that information in additional ways.
DON’T TAKE PERFORMANCE ENHANCERS-
The stress of exams gets to each and every student, and more and more academics are expressing concern for growing marks of students taking performing enhancing drugs to give them an edge during exams and revision. Drugs like Modafinil and Ritalin are presently the main culprits but their hypothesized benefits are however counteracted by a huge list of side effects which students specially need to be very wary of. To name just a few: disrupted sleep, vomiting, anxiety, headaches, dizziness, odd toilet habits, heart palpitations, and even psychosis. In addition they come with a price tag and some colleges are allowing for drug testing to catch students on performance enhancers. Stick to old fashioned revision and leave the drugs out.