Hey So Elm kindly let me be a contributor on her blog so I thought a cool idea would be to share some revision tips with you as it’s coming up to exams. I didn’t want to mention the typical do a mind map and stuff because everyone knows them. I wanted something a bit more original than that. Although I’m no expert mind you so maybe don’t 100% trust me. Anyway I’ve practiced these tips myself I did these tips for my Prelims (that’s like mocks) and got two As in English and History so I think they work quite well for essay base subjects.So here it goes.
- TALK IT OUT – Yell it from the rooftops ,deafen your cat with facts about Lenin And The Russian Revolution , call up the pizza company and teach them about Shakespeare. Do whatever you wan’t I don’t care Just speak it. Apparently you take in 50% of what you discuss and 90% of what you teach others that’s 90% more than what you read(going all statistics on you now soz) anyway put down the textbook and go for a coffee with you mate and revise. It’s more fun anyway.
- WRITE ON THE QUESTION PAPER – This is more an exam tip than a revision one. Anyway underline the key points in the question it forces you to read it more thoroughly and know exactly what your looking for. Trust me I learnt this the hard way(I wrote a whole essay in my exam on the wrong question) and I still managed to get an A yeah I know the Scottish education system sucks you probably want to avoid this mistake at ALL COSTS!!
- PAST PAPERS –If you follow any of these tips it should be this one. Forget fun colourful mind maps (and stop kidding yourself adding a bit of dried out green highlighter does not make revision any more fun) you may as well stick to the efficient basics. With past papers you get into the routine of knowing what their looking for. And who knows In the exam you may get basically the same question just worded a little different.If your lucky. 😉
- SLEEP , EAT , SURVIVE – Please don’t destroy yourself over your exams I know they may seem important and they are ( coming from me someone who lives in a country with a free equal education system , health care and Benefit system which makes being unemployed seem almost attractive ) but as I said earlier it’s shit anyway so your not missing out on much. But seriously what use are you if your a lifeless zombie in the exam who’s bursting into tears every ten seconds. The reality is most of us won’t fail drastically and at the same time may not get the golden straight As either. But the majority on people on the planet are just average like you and me and there doing ok so don’t destroy yourself over it. Whatever the result Your still great. ohh and listen to this song it always makes me feel better : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuWrJ1ijC0Y
Ok so maybe not the best tips in the world but I hope some of them work for you.
Oh and just a disclaimer if you fail your exams please don’t come after me with a pitch fork 🙂 Good Luck x