By George Bradshaw-Smith
Yes it’s getting to that examination period again and the inevitable revision that has to be done. You’re catching up with all of your friends from home but also have to allocate sufficient time to getting on top of your ‘Mergers and Acquisitions’ module or similar. Here are a few revision tips to try and help you conquer your workload:
Regular breaks in a different room
It is important to take regular breaks whilst revising topics to ensure that you are always working as effectively as possible. However, checking your phone every 5 minutes will actually largely be detrimental to the whole process as you have no distinction between work time and break time. It’s best to go outside, stretch your legs or perhaps get a brew going rather than feel like you’ve been stuck in your room for eternity.
Then, once you’re refreshed and recuperated, you’re able to get back in to your working environment invigorated and ready to show calculus whose boss.
Sticky notes are invaluable
If you’re severely stressing about how you’re going to remember all the formulae in your finance exam that they don’t provide you, worry no more. Sticky noting your bedroom walls with useful calculations and even graphs for economists is a sure-fire way of making them stick in your head. When going to bed or just chilling in your room you will inadvertently read them over and over leading to them being cemented into your memory. Come the exam when the calculation for correlation of 2 stocks comes straight to your mind you will be praising the power of sticky notes.
The most effective way to get your revision off to the best start is to make sure you actually know what you’re revising on a given day. It’s no good waking up and arbitrarily deciding to ‘do a spot of managerial’, as this will probably only result in uneven revision and disappointing results. Go to town with a couple of sheets of A4, a ruler, pen and about 10 different highlighters to try and make the task a bit less mundane. Once you’ve allocated time slots for each module, you’ll find adhering to them quite easy and this 15 minute exercise will pay huge dividends. This should be the basis of your whole revision procedure and without it it’s very likely you won’t be using your time as efficiently as possible.
Vocalize what you’re learning
By the third week of revision over Easter you may feel like you’re only companions are sharpies and a calculator and you start to despair. There is actually a lot of merit in just calling up a course mate or going to visit them and talking over some of the material you have learnt. This way it helps consolidate the knowledge in your head and perhaps even clarify some of the points you were struggling to comprehend. This mutually beneficial exercise can actually break up revision nicely and also gives you a chance to have a good ol’ catch up with you mate.
So there we go! Just a few tips to help you endure the tedium of the revision period. I wish you the best of luck and happy Easter!