“To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe” – Marilyn Vos Savant
This is issue 1 in a set of posts called “Just do it”
Greetings fellow students…
You. Yes you. You missed all your lectures. You have mocks coming up for your A levels. You haven’t revised one bit and your GCSEs are this year. Or you’re organised and have great study habits. You’re predicted an A but you’re stuck on a B. All in all I have a bunch of tips to help any kind of student. Not all of them will work for everyone so find the ones that suit you best and adapt them to work for you. Lastly, all the best ❤️
Issue 1: What You’ll Need📚
What is Revision?
First of all what is revision? In short revision is when you revisit the content of your course in preparation for an examination. Ultimately, depending on the type of course you’re doing, the aim is to either memorise the content or develop a set of skills (for example analytical skills or essay writing skills). The difficulty in revising successfully is that sometimes we can spend loads of time “revising” but leave with nothing because the right method of revision hasn’t been applied. So how do you work out the right way to revise?
How best to revise – What You Need to Know
Everyone in this world has a different way of perceiving and understanding things. That’s the beauty of being human. We’re all unique. This also applies to how we learn and take in information. In order to work out a suitable method to revise that is tailored to your specific learning style you need to understand several things:
- The style of the course you’re on. Is it essay based? Do you need to learn any equations?
- The syllabus – what do you need to know?
- The mark scheme – how will your work be assessed? Will you gain marks for demonstrating your method? Extra marks for quotations?
- What is your learning style?
- How much time do you have left?
These are all the types of questions you should be asking yourself from the very first lesson. But for today we’re going to forcus ok questions 4 and 5.
What is Your Learning Style?
Learning styles are so so so important. If you’re trying to take in information in a format that just doesn’t suit your learning style, you risk wasting your time.
The Seven Learning Styles
- Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
- Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
- Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
- Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
- Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
- Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
Click on the links for more information on each one.
However, these are usually split into 3 main groups: Visual learning, Auditory learning and Kinesthetic learning.
Finding out which ones you fall into will help you create the most suitable revision tools. You can usually do this through online tests like this one: http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles-quiz.shtml
Based on your results you can now find out the best revision tool for that particular style of learning. You could search “best revision style for visual learner”, for example.
How Much Time do You Have Left?
Okay ideally you would’ve started your revision process after your very first lesson/lecture. That way you’re revising as you go along so that when you reach the end of a topic you’re not playing catch up. (You obviously need to actually attend).
After every lecture you should be adjusting the notes so that they’re already in the appropriate format for you to revise from. Depending on your learning style that might be creating a set of questions for yourself to come back to at the end. Or putting your notes onto flash cards which you can carry around and learn from.
But things don’t always work out that way. Sometimes we procrastinate or things happen and before you know it you only have two weeks before your exam.
So first you need to work out how to best fit revision into the time you have. You have to be able to break down the information into a digestible/understandable format. Whatever time you have left – split it in two. So if you have 2 weeks left, spend the first week putting the notes into a format you can understand and the next week actually revising and doing practice questions.
It’s not necessarily how long you have left but how effectively you use the time but honestly to be safe, start revising from early.
Conclusion – Not Really
I will be adding to this series so I won’t conclude but for now follow these instructions and if you have a pending exam read my Twitter thread which is a brief brief summary of everything I’m going to write about, if you need it ASAP.