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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Revision for exams

It's too early for this but I thought I'd throw it out there. Revision.
Revision, revision, revision. The worst part about uni is studying for exams.

There's a few things you can do that will help with this.

Multiple choice exams - Google Anki spaced repetition, nuff' said.

Short essay answer exams - Few things which will interlink. First, start off buy drawing a spider diagram/brain storm/whatever you call it. List off the main talking points of your answer then break off into sub sections of those main points. Now memorise them. Most uni's will allow you to view past papers, and most of the time, they're pretty much the same. My place has an A paper and a B paper and each year they make new ones by mixing the questions. Anyway, once you've memorised those points, write it out again, this time in list form.

Once you've done that, do it again. Repetition is key here. Now, write out what your answer would be to one of the question's from your exam. Memorise it. Do it again and again and again. Memorise everything you've written down. Re-write it over and over. For added effect, record yourself reading out the essay answer you've written and listen to it over and over. Listen to it while you sleep. Listen to it all the time before you have that exam.

During the exam, draw out your spider diagram on a blank sheet. On the question paper, write down your list. Now, at anytime during the exam if you forget something, refer back to the two and you should be OK.

Not to blow my own trumpet, but I got 80's and 90's in my exams last year.

24 comments:

  1. This could come in real handy!

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  2. love the post... I want to see moar!

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  3. i also want to see more, but first time for some coffee..
    i look forward to your next blog :D!

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  4. nice post bro, keep posting more!

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  5. Ewwwwwww exams. I've seen my friends like have mental breakdowns from them. Ahhh the joys of college I assume.

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  6. I never thought of it that way... interesting

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  7. I never thought of it that way... interesting

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  8. Steve here
    as far as your spider diagram goes, you might want to check out a free prog called "FreeMind".
    gl/hf

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  9. Goddamn exams. Everyone hates them!

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  10. cool story bro... way to go big with your first post. look forward to what else you come up with :)

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  11. i've always been rubbish at revising haha :D

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  12. that's something I definitely have to try!

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  13. Good luck, hope you don´t have too hard exams ;)

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  14. My only major problem in school isn't with the exams but with procrastinating on the term papers. Maybe the repetition based learning would work well for formulas when it comes to math though.

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