After my post, How To (Not) Revise, maybe it’d be useful to give some ideas on how to actually revise. I’m probably not the best person to tell you about how to manage your time effectively, or anything like that, as at the moment, I am writing this instead of revising for my Physics AS exams. Oh well.
This is one of the most common techniques for revision, but instead of writing out hundreds of cards that you need to carry around with you, why not type them on the computer? I use Anki to revise flashcard-y material. Just open it up whenever you have a spare couple of minutes and see how well you do. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you learn!
- Understand And Link
This may seem like common sense, but if you understand and link pieces of information together, then they make more sense, and you’ll remember them. For example, I used to find integration difficult, but as soon as I realized that it’s just the reverse of differentiation, and that you can use both to jump between equations for area, line and gradient, it made a lot more sense.
The poster boy of remembering techniques, I don’t actually find this one that useful. There are only a few examples that I find it useful for, and that’s oil rig, (oxidation is loss, reduction is gain), and SohCahToa, trigonometry.
- Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
I’ve used this a couple of times to remember stuff, and it’s quite useful, but I’ve never really remembered or learnt the information, it seems to push my mind into cyclical thinking of the phrases over and over again, so I’d use it just before a test, for some last-minute stuff, remember it, write it down right at the beginning of the exam, and then I have it there to refer to later.
- Mental House
This idea always fascinates me, but I’ve yet to use it, even though maybe I should, especially with my impending AS Level exams coming up. The basics is that you visualise an area that you know really well, your house for example, and then go around, hiding or placing the items that you need to remember around. Then later, you go around the route and find them and in theory, you should remember them.
I hope that if you have exams coming up, your revision is going well! If you have any other revision strategies, I’d love to hear them in the comments!