Revising for Exams

Mary Gould gives her tips for success.

The way to do well at History is to know which study techniques work best for you as an individual. Nevertheless here are some sensible guidelines that are worth following.

1. Start early

Apply good study skills from the beginning of your course, rather than seek magical solutions a few weeks before the exam. Ideally you should read every evening through the notes you made that day, improving them and making sure they are useful. Then, every few months, go through all your notes – this will make your final revision much easier. In this way, essential information will be committed to your long-term memory and will be readily recalled, even under stressful exam conditions. You will also avoid last-minute cramming, which is seldom useful.

2. Organise

Make sure that you have a copy of the syllabus or course handbook. Check the format of your exam. How many papers? How many questions must be answered? Are there any compulsory sections? Sort out any external or personal problems that might hamper your progress. If necessary talk with your tutor, student counselling service or doctor. From Easter cut out, or cut down, your part-time employment until after the exams.

3. Work out what to revise

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