Here are my top tips for revision!
- Start early. As soon as the exam date is announced, plan how you will organise your revision.
- Plan your time. I had a revision schedule so I planned 3 hours of revision a day (with a 15 minute break) where possible and stuck to this. My exam was anatomy & physiology so I chose a different system every week to revise.
- Break it into sections. If your revision is for a&p, break it down into systems. If its for another module, break it down into manageable sections and try not to revise too much at once.
- Create a checklist to keep track of your revision.
- I have learnt to do what I call ‘skim reading’, so I can pick out the important words/points in a section of text and make my own notes on it. This improves understanding as you’re writing your own notes as you go along and also helps you to develop your paraphrasing skills.
- Learn as you go along. Revise the things you have learnt that day in university as the information will be fresh and I find it easier to retain things if I look over them again after university has finished for the day.
- Discover what type of learner you are. There are a number of types: visual, aural, reading/writing and kinesthetic. I learn through reading/writing, others learn through the use of colour or videos.
- Use colour. Coloured posters, highlighters, flashcards. If it’s in colour, you may find it easy to remember instead of just being on white paper.
- Make flashcards. I wrote a question on one side, answer on the other and asked people to test me. I also made ones with key pieces of information on to read through in my spare time. Below are some of the flashcards I created.
- Diagrams are useful. I printed some a&p diagrams without labels on and worked on labelling them over and over again until I knew all the labels.
- Youtube. If you’re a visual learner, there are bound to be videos on youtube for your subject. If you are revising for a&p, crash course with Hank is fantastic.
- Utilise available apps. Khan Academy is fantastic for a&p, it’s free and includes quizzes.
- Put posters around the house. During your exam you may be able to visualise the room and the information in there. It may also help you to revise as every room you go in with have some information to look at whatever you are doing at the time.
- I have seen people recommending recording yourself talking about your revision and listening to it as you fall asleep on a night can help. I haven’t tried this myself but you could always try it to see if it works for you!
- Find a quiet space. Try to revise on your own, I like to listen to music quietly in the background but others prefer silence. You will learn pretty quickly what works best for you.
- Use mnemonics. You can create these and by remembering these, it helps you to remember the more complex thing it stands for. An example is: for the layers of the epidermis, they all begin with stratum. So to remember the order of the layers (superficial to deepest):
(This is from my fantastic a&p lecturer @JaneTurnerStH who told us some fantastic mnemonics).
- Try to get plenty of rest. A well rested mind will help you to revise and retain information.
- Remember to keep your energy levels up whilst revising, this helps with concentration levels and gives you an opportunity for a 15 minute break. Snack on fruit and try to limit caffeine as this can cause slumps in concentration levels.
- If you can access past papers, these are great to get a feel for the style of questions and what will be required in the test.
- Consider revising in groups if this is how you like to work, you will be able to test each other and assist with each other’s knowledge.
- Celebrate reaching revision targets as this helps to keep you motivated.
- Don’t compare yourself to others, we all learn at different rates.
- If you know you get nervous on the morning of the exam, try not to be around other people who will be fretting and talking about the exam. It will just make you worry more.
Let me know if you have any other great tips!
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