Passing exams

Make your revision count

Get started on your revision

Try and get started on your revision early in the academic year and develop a revision programme that runs in tandem with your normal study programme and lecture schedule.

Remember: Revision begins when you take your first set of lecture notes.

Continually condense your course material throughout the year, extracting the main points and arguments. Ten pages of concise notes are a lot easier to read than fifty pages.

  • Revise little and often. Regular revision in small doses - say half hour slots - is  more productive than working for hours on end.
  • Revise with a purpose by asking yourself questions: ‘What was the main point of that lecture/tutorial/book/discussion?’
  • Aim at summarising or highlighting certain topics or areas of knowledge.
  • Create revision sheets of  main points, ideas and arguments.
  • Use coloured paper to make different study areas stand out.
  • Use boxes, stars, arrows or coloured pens to highlight important points and make connections.
  • Learn by understanding, not by rote. This will help you with the what-if type of question.
  • Write difficult formulae, important references etc on postcards and place them in prominent positions. Move them around frequently.
  • Take every opportunity you can to discuss your study areas with your tutors and classmates to get an idea that you are revising the right things.