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How to Revise?


You must find out the method which suits you and then use it. We will try and identify some general principles you should follow.
There are three R’s we should consider. They are Review, Revise and Recall.
Planning for your examination
At least three months before your examination you should carry out a review. You should identify exactly what can be tested in the examination. Borrow a copy of the syllabus from your teacher or buy a copy from the Examination Board. Make a list of all the topics.
You should then engage in some self-review. Divide all of you topics into two lists - topics you feel confident about and topics you would prefer did not come up in the examination. Your task in revision is to convert the topics from the second column to the first column.
Decide how many hours you can spend in revision. Do not allocate more hours than you are sure you can spend. Plan a programme for two or three weeks covering the topics you find most difficult.
At the end of this period, review your progress. Have you moved any topic from the second column to the first? Pick some new topics to concentrate on in the next two weeks.
When you are within about six to eight weeks of the examination, look at some past questions. Modern questions do not rely just on your recalling knowledge but require other skills such as comprehensive application and evaluation. Some students make the mistake of looking at questions before they have mastered the content. This can be depressing.
The mechanics of revising
Now let us consider the process of revising. Your brain cannot work for a long period without rest. You should spend no more than thirty minutes in intense revision before having a short break. Even a five minute break will bring you back refreshed and you will be working more efficiently. It is also a good idea to change the activity at least every hour. Do not spend the whole evening on a single topic but break up your study so that you are doing a variety of topics.
When you start to revise a topic read through your notes, a testbook of a revision book. Write down the main points on a postcard or a small piece of paper. Often a list of numbered points is best. These points should include basic definitions, formulae, laws etc. Later in the revision session, look at the card again and try to write down as much as you can from memory. Go back and check what you have written and compare any differences with the card. If you feel you did not make a very good attempt first time, try writing the card out again from memory. Only when you are confident that you have learnt these basic facts should you go back to your main notes of a book. You should find the main points on the card jog your memory and bring back much greater detail. The cards you are preparing are very useful for last minute revision.
It is very disappointing to realise that if you spend time revising a topic, you will forget most of the knowledge you thought you had learned. The good thing, however, is the fact that revising the topic again very quickly brings it back.
In you revision planning close to the examination you should plan to go through all of the topics and recall the major points in each topic. Doing this should quickly bring back the knowledge you thought you had forgot.
There are different views about the importance of last-minute revision. Some people think that it is best to work late right up to the night before the examination. Generally, however, you must not exhaust yourself so much that you do not do justice to yourself in the examination. If you must do some revision the day before, and it might take your mind off the examination, spend your time recalling the important facts and improving your confidence. At this stage do not try to find things you cannot do.
If you start your revision early, plan your revision carefully and follow your plan, your chances of success are greatly enhanced. Good luck!