Revising for an exam or test can be difficult and stressful. In fact, many people find it difficult to concentrate on the task they are trying to accomplish. However, there are some simple tips to follow to focus on your revisions. To discover them, all you have to do is read them!
Part 1 of 2: Things to do
Step 1. Find an environment conducive to study
Your bedroom or classroom is not always the best place it can be. So find a nice, quiet place with a comfortable seat, like in your living room, preferably without a TV, computer or cell phone within reach.
The library is generally a good place to study because it is quiet. Perhaps your parents' office is another possible location, as long as it is also quiet and offers few distractions
Step 2. Gather everything you will need to study
This is so that you don't have to search for pens, highlighters, rulers and the like in the middle of your revisions and therefore not get distracted.
Step 3. Find yourself a review partner
Pick someone serious and focused like you are. And avoid teaming up with your best friend this time around, as the two of you might be chatting more than reviewing. Having a review partner is great, as they certainly have a different outlook and you can share your ideas.
- Some people find that review partners are distracting. If you are an extrovert, which means that you really love and talk to other people, chances are that a partner isn't the best option for you. If you're an introvert, on the other hand, which means you're generally reserved and a little shy, a partner might work well for you. Just make sure your review partner isn't too outgoing, so that they don't spend their time chatting while you try to learn.
- Pick someone smarter than you. It sounds silly to say, but a lot of people overlook this aspect. If you want to progress, choose a review partner who is smart, dedicated, and doesn't mind teaching you things. Your review sessions will be much better.
Step 4. Gather a few snacks suitable for revisions
No energy drinks or coffee, because sooner or later, after the caffeine's effect wears off, you will collapse. Cereal bars, fruit and water are suitable, because they are simple and efficiently release carbohydrates.
Step 5. Take short breaks
After 45 minutes of reviewing, take a 10 minute break and do something different. Try to come back to your revisions after the break, which shouldn't be longer than 20 minutes.
- Plan your breaks with an alarm. If your breaks are scheduled, you are less likely to miss them and, most importantly, less likely to "accidentally" take longer than necessary.
- Why take breaks? Because your brain needs time to recharge after processing a lot of information. Some studies have shown that taking a break and walking improves memorization and simple test results in people.
Step 6. Motivate yourself
If you revise well and prepare enough for the exam, you will do well. Don't make a mountain of the exam, study to the point that you enjoy when it takes place and just think of it as a test that tests your knowledge.
- Set a goal for yourself, even if it's a little unrealistic. Push yourself to do better than you think you can do and, who knows, you might just surprise yourself.
- Motivate yourself with a reward. It takes a bit of self-control, so ask someone in a position of authority to help you with this if you need a helping hand. Give yourself a reward for studying well and passing the test.
- Remember why revising is important to you. It's different for each person. Maybe you want to get the maximum score? Maybe the material is really important to you? Maybe you made a bet with your dad and can't bear to lose? Either way, remember why you are working hard and tell yourself it's worth it.
Step 7. Sit down and study
You have everything you need in front of you and there is no longer any reason not to do it. Everything now takes place between you and your subjects to be revised. Well ? What are you waiting for?
- Make yourself index cards. Cards are useful for some people because they contain a lot of important information in a small space. So create some if you think they will help you revise.
- Use mnemonic tools. This qualifier with a somewhat barbaric name simply means memorization. Make some information a funny song or use an acronym to remind you.
- Make sure you know the most important information first. Study and understand the key concepts before digging deeper. This will give you a basic understanding on which to build the rest of your knowledge.
Part 2 of 2: Don'ts
Step 1. Don't panic
When you panic, you make mistakes, so stay calm. If you have successfully planned your revisions, there is no reason to panic during the exam. Then take a deep breath, calm down and say to yourself, “I can do this."
Step 2. Minimize the use of the computer, especially the Internet
You learn better when you write things down. Also avoid using your cell phone, as you would be tempted to answer text messages, which is obviously very distracting.
Turn off the internet and your computer if you know you're going to be tempted. This is to make sure you don't spend your time surfing when you are supposed to study
Step 3. Don't listen to music unless it helps you study
Even soothing music is a distraction that your brain has to process in addition to the information you are trying to learn and can therefore distract you. However, some people have the ability to be able to listen to music while learning and even need it for studying.
Step 4. Stay on topic
We all get caught dropping out of a topic every now and then. Sometimes it's because the information we're supposed to learn is boring. Other times, it's because the information we don't need to know is more interesting than the information we need to know. Either way, wait until you understand the basics of a topic before exploring it further or changing it.
Always ask yourself the following question: What is the probability that this information will appear in my test? If you’re really comfortable with your topic, you’ll be able to categorize the information based on it, so you can focus on the content that is most likely to fall for the majority of your time
Step 5. Don't be discouraged
Revising for a test can indeed be overwhelming, especially at first. Review in small chunks and don't try to remember everything perfectly the first time. Remember, you are here first and foremost to learn, not necessarily to pass a test (that's just a bonus!). Try to understand the concepts as a whole, which should make it easier for you to understand the details.
- Don't worry too much. If you feel panicked while reviewing, take a deep breath, read your notes, and try to process and understand the information calmly.
- Don't just panic! Instead, focus on what you're reviewing and move on when you're done with a subject or topic. Adopt a positive and determined attitude to get a good grade.
- Think positively during your revisions and the exam.
- Study in a specific room devoid of any distractions (TV, computer, or whatever), so that your mind is completely focused.
- Eat a healthy diet to help you focus.
- Try to think about how happy your parents are after you get a good result.
- Set a timeline for your revisions and time slots for each subject (e.g.: math at 6:30 a.m., English at 7:30 a.m., history at 8:30 a.m., etc.)
- If you do listen to music, try to listen to it without words, so that you are not distracted by them.
- If you are looking for a quiet place, go to any nearby library.
- Sleep well and plan your day. Knowing that you will take a break after an hour or two can motivate you to work hard. Working hard makes the time pass faster.
- Studying in a closed room improves your productivity and avoids outside distractions.