This article is a continuation of 2 previous articles, called "Revising For Exam Success" and "MoreTips For Study And Exam Success". You should ready those two articles first before reading this one, as the ideas carry on from there.
This article will give you additional revision strategies you can use.
Revise In A Place Which Is Right For You
Not all places are good places for revision, and you won't know what will truly work for you, until you try a few different places. Sometimes, some people revise better in the library. Others revise better in their own home. Others prefer to stay in school/college or university to revise. You need to find out what works for you.
Wherever you choose to study, you need to make sure that it isn't distracting. That is the main priority which you should have in selecting a suitable revision place. Once you've selected your place, make sure that the work area is tidy and organised. Only put the important things that are immediately useful in front of you. Everything else should either be filed away, or kept in a seperate area (e.g another desk, the floor, in a book case etc etc).
It may also be good to have a plant in the room. A plant will help the air humidity and make up be more healthy and vibrant. This has the knock on effect of improving your concentration and focus abilities. Every edge you can find should be added in to help you, and a plant is definitely something you could try. If you're revising in your own home, getting a plant for a few dollars (or pounds) is easy and you can place it anywhere in the room for long term effect.
You should also close the curtains/blinds if you are revising at home. Many people have the tendency to subconsciously look out the window into oblivion for long periods of time, which is another distraction. Keep the curtains closed during revision time to ensure maximum productivity.
Use Revision Aids
The Learning Curve BrainTune Series is a great start. Listen to the audios for the first 1 hour of your study time. You will find yourself remembering and taking in information a lot more quickly. Other aids to use would be sticky notes, to put up important points (or points which are difficult to remember) up in a key place. Have your own workpad for taking down notes.
In fact, preferably you want to write your own notes, even if you have a set of typed notes provided by your lecturer or a friend. This is because different people think in different ways. Even though the content of a set of notes will be the same, the person who wrote the notes may think about things in a different way from you. It's therefore important that you re-write the notes in a way that suits your personal thinking style.
Consider Alternative Ways Of Revising
Some people simply read when they revise, and this can be effective in many ways. However, for some people this doesn't work. Alternative ways to revise would be to read out aloud what your revising, re-write what your revising on another piece of paper to help it sink in, or reading your notes aloud to a cassette player, and listening to the tape to learn the material. There are many ways to revise and these are some of the common ways. You should choose a way which is best for you.