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Revision tips from current students

by Kirsty Hemsworth on 2022-12-20T07:00:00+00:00 in Skills | 0 Comments

With exam season is fast approaching, now is the time to start revising and consolidating your learning from the last academic year. It can be tricky knowing where to start - in this quick guide, three current students share their experiences of exams and top tips for success:


Somtochi, 1st year student, BTE

Hello, my name is Somtochi Ohakah and I’m in my first year in Sheffield Hallam University.

Some revision techniques that I have always used that has helped is to re-write my notes on paper. So, when in lectures/seminars, I take brief notes on the lessons going on (on my tablet, as its lighter going in with my tablet than my books) and most times this isn't detailed. So, when I'm back home, I go through the lecture videos that my lecturers provide in much more detail and make notes (now on paper) alongside the notes that were done on my tablet.

But essentially, what I'm saying is to re-write notes on paper.

This helps me go through what I have missed, and writing stuff down also helps me remember it, especially if I write in different colored pens.

Additionally, I go through past exam papers, as my course is math based, so doing a lot of practice questions usually helps me improve my skills.

In addition, some tips on revisions are:

  • To start you revision early- this will not only help you not stress a lot last minute, but will also allow you more time to get advice from you lecturers if you need to
  • Secondly, plan out your revision. I do this in topics as it suits me best. But you can do this however you wish, e.g., studying bits that you need. And how long would you spend on that. E.g., 30 minutes with breaks. And in those breaks, walk about, go make yourself a snack and a drink, spend some time away from your study location so not to feel overwhelmed.
  • Lastly, if you have left your revision to the last minute, you should focus on what may potentially show up in your exams and what you struggle with most. And if possible, do not spend a lot of your time re-learning your materials if you can as this will take your time. (But, if necessary, then do so!)

Fozia, final year student, SSA

Hi, my name is Fozia. I am a third-year law with criminology student. I have gathered some of my top tips.

One of the main things I noted is that I realised in my last year of university that you need to understand how you work best. For the longest time, I tried to revise either how my friends revised or how individual staff told me to revise. Always try different ways to revise and try different techniques and then work from there, such as past papers, flashcards or even what time you work morning, evening or night.

One of the most important things I do is use the Pomodoro technique. I work straight for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. I repeat this cycle three times, then take a 15-minute break. This way, I space out my time and stop sensory overload.

Another thing that I do to revise as someone who has dyspraxia is using mind maps. Sometimes I find it difficult to process information. Therefore, I need to map it out on paper; before revising, I map out all topics I need to cover, then make branches to that topic, breaking that topic up into specific areas I need to cover. This way, it is easier to understand how to revise in bitesize pieces with clarity.

Alex, final year student, SSA

As exam season approaches, I always find myself feeling a mix of excitement and nerves. I enjoy the challenge of preparing for exams and putting my knowledge to the test, but at the same time, I know that it's a stressful and demanding time. Over the years, I've developed a few strategies that work well for me when it comes to exam revision.

One of the most important things I do is create a schedule. I sit down and plan out exactly when I'm going to study each subject and for how long. I try to make sure that I'm giving enough time to each subject and that I'm not overloading myself. I also try to include some breaks in my schedule so that I don't burn out. An effective technique is using the pomodoro method, working in 25-minute slots followed by a 5-minute break.

Another thing that works well for me is to study with a group of peers. We explain concepts to each other and test each other on different topics. This helps me to solidify my understanding of the material through engaging in discussions and it also makes studying more sociable and more enjoyable.

I also find it helpful to create a study guide for each subject. I go through my notes and highlight the most important concepts and ideas. This helps me to focus my studying and ensures that I'm not wasting time on things that aren't important.

Overall, my approach to exam revision is to be organized and disciplined. I make sure to create a schedule and stick to it, study with peers, and create study guides. I would recommend others to do the same. It's important to stay focused and on track during exam season, and these strategies can help with that.

Revision top tips:

  1. Start studying early: Don't wait until the last minute to start studying. Give yourself enough time to review the material and make sure you understand it.
  2. Create a study schedule: Plan out when you're going to study each subject and stick to it. This will help you stay on track and make the most of your time.
  3. Use study aids: Flashcards, study guides, and other tools can be helpful in reinforcing your understanding of the material.
  4. Take breaks: It's important to take breaks while studying to give your brain a rest. Take a walk, grab a snack, or do something else to refresh yourself before continuing.
  5. Get a good night's sleep: Make sure you're well-rested before the exam. A well-rested mind is more able to retain information and perform well on the exam.
  6. Eat a healthy breakfast: Fuel your body and mind with a healthy breakfast on the day of the exam.
  7. Arrive early: Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the exam location and find your seat. This will help you avoid feeling rushed and stressed.
  8. Read the instructions carefully: Make sure you understand the format of the exam and follow the instructions provided.
  9. Pace yourself: Don't spend too much time on any one question. If you're stuck, move on, and come back to it later if you have time.
  10. Stay calm: It's normal to feel anxious before an exam but try to stay calm and focused. Take deep breaths and remind yourself that you have prepared well.


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