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8 ways to survive exam revision

One of the most difficult, and time-consuming parts of university study is revision. It’s easy to get distracted, it’s hard to know where to start and sometimes it feels like nothing’s going in. Our students provided some handy tips and hints on the best ways to revise.

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Don’t leave it to the last minute

Don’t leave it to the last minute

”Start early so you don’t stress or panic during the last week.”
Amy Corbett, Criminal Investigation

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Use the library

Use the library

”Go to the library. It’ll help you think and will give you the energy to start studying.”
Martin Tsonev, Film Production Technology student

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Don't always revise alone

Don't always revise alone

”Revising in a group helps. And use a good revision timetable. Without one we are all over the place.”
Hamira Hamif, Economics and Finance

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Compile questions and answers

Compile questions and answers

”Write two separate piles of paper – questions on one, answers on the other. That way, you can work through until you can finish the ‘questions’ pile without having to double-check your answers. Keep going back to the start every now and then, even if you think you know that part, as it’s easy to forget when you’re ingesting new information.”
Nichola Matthews, MA Public Relations

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Revise while you sleep

Revise while you sleep

”Record yourself on your phone, listen to the recording in bed when relaxed, and it will be stored in your memory subconsciously.”
Maria Stevens, Psychology student

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Find your own space

Find your own space

”Find a place where you’re calm; you can’t work to the best of your ability if you’re tense.
Aimee Hart, Creative Writing with English Literature student

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Put preparation into practice

Put preparation into practice

“Do past exam papers and make notes on the stuff you weren’t sure of. Then, do the exam papers that were your weakest and see if you managed to pull through your mistakes.”
Radhah Mohammed, Accounting and Finance student

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Jump on a trampoline

Jump on a trampoline

”After my lectures, I will do some revision at home. Then, I’ll go outside, do some jumping on my trampoline and say what I’ve learnt. It’s a weird way but it actually stays in my brain.”
Zubaidah Begum, Adult Nursing student