Revision tip: Practice writing

Practice writing for the exam.  How long is your exam?  When was the last time you wrote by hand for that length of time?  So practice, practice, practice.


Revision tip: Drink plenty of water

Drink plenty of tap water and/or bottled water – still or sparkling.

Avoid sugary drinks.



Revision tip: Take regular breaks

Get some exercise – anything from a gym session or a group sport to a quiet stroll

Edinburgh campus students could :

Other students, please check out your local facilities.

Revision tip: Snack on “brain foods”

You might try: salmon or other oily fish, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, blueberries, bananas, dark chocolate

Check out these videos for ideas.

Revision tip: Organize study groups with friends

You might like to organize some study sessions with friends. You could work:

  • as a group answering questions together
  • individually while sitting together and then compare your answers.  If your answers don’t agree ask your class mate to explain how they reached their answer. As a group, work out who has used the correct method and has reached the correct answer.
  • alone, perhaps in your room, and contact your group by Facebook, Skype, etc to compare answers.

Set some ground rules:

  • stay focused on the topic
  • agreed the amount of time to spend on any task
  • everyone in the group must contribute

Revision tip: Explain your answers to anyone that will listen

Explain your answer to friends, brothers, sisters, parents and/or relations.  Pets count too!

Revision tip: Practice on past papers or sample questions

Find out where you can get past papers or sample questions for your course.

Using past papers and sample questions will help you get used to the format of the paper.  Perhaps answer questions against the clock to get used to writing for an extended period and to get your timing right.

Do you need more than just a few sample questions?

You might work with class mates to create your own “exam paper” using a selection of tutorial questions from your course.  You could then work together to answer these questions.

Revision tip: Diagrams can help

You could simplify your course notes and highlight key concepts and terms to help you remember key points.

Mind mapping software can be useful when summerising, with the added advantage of giving a visual representation that many people find helpful when trying to remember things.

The key points to remember when creating your mind map are: –

  • Create your map from the centre and work outwards
  • Keep your points brief – use key words, authors, theories or processes
  • Use lines to show connections between things
  • Be prepared to re-work the map until you are happy with the organization (using software to create your maps makes this quick and easy)
  • Include colour, symbols and pictures to make it more memorable

See Revision looming – picture your notes in a Mind Map

Revision tip: Organize your study space

Find the right environment to revise:

  • Space?
  • Light?
  • Comfortable chair?
  • Silence?
  • Background music?

What works for you?

Get rid of distractions. Take the time to get it right.

You might also find some ideas in Revision tip: Find your space…

Revision tip: Give yourself enough time to study

Don’t leave your revision until the last minute – plan your study time.

You might create a revision timetable to help you stay on track – see Exams are getting ever closer… for some tips on how to do this.

More tips will follow in the coming days.