The Collins English dictionary defines revision as 'reading again'. "When people who are studying do revision, they read things again and make notes in order to prepare for an examination."
Reading and understanding your exam material a few times is definitely advised, but have you made sure you have set time aside to finish reading through it even once?
Some students will procrastinate for weeks and then pull out their books at the last minute to start cramming for their exams. This puts pressure on them to get through all the material in a very short space of time. By the time they have made it through everything the first time, they are either too exhausted or too stressed out to consider going through it all over again. Either that, or they’ve run out of time as they are reading through the last few pages on the way into the exam hall.
Revision is important for two main reasons.
Recalling: It helps your brain retain information especially facts, figures and terms that you first learned weeks if not months earlier. Going over these a few times, helps your brain recall them more easily.
Confidence: If you approach revision the right way, it will give you the confidence you need to achieve your highest possible mark. Your mind will not be clouded by anxiety and self-doubt because you will know that you have prepared well and are ready for whatever the exam will bring.
How Do Our Brains Like to Learn?
To revise effectively, it helps to understand how our brains learn best.
Patterns: Our brains look for patterns in information. We remember information better when it’s categorised into patterns that make sense to us. By finding connections between the information, our brain starts creating patterns, and those patterns help us to recall the information more easily. That’s why mind-maps and acronyms are so useful when trying to remember a lot of information.
Teaching: Teaching the information to others also helps your brain organize information by creating small lists which are easily recalled when you need them. Teaching also helps you to identify if you are unclear about anything because if you c