REVISION: HOW I REVISE

29 Mar 2016

There are hundreds of ways to revise and everyone learns in different ways. If you haven't already I suggest taking a test to see what kind of learner you are as this can really help find out what revision techniques are best for you depending on whether you're a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learner. Click the link here to do the test and it also gives you a few pointers on some little things that will be helpful for you depending on what learning style is best for you.

Like I said, everyone has different styles and so I thought I'd share a few of my ways. It's also worth pointing out that the subjects I'll be revising for a mostly essay based as I do English, Psychology and Sociology. 

REVISION TABLES

At A Level, there is a lot of focus on evaluation and evaluation explanations and so splitting information up into explanation, examples and evaluations has proven really good for me especially in Psychology and Sociology. I have actually made the revision available online here and so you are able to see what I really mean. The notes shown are based on Sociology Religion & Beliefs so if you're taking that exam feel free to have a read over my notes. They are here and I apologise for any awful spelling mistakes or bad grammar- I promise I'll be reading over them before my exam.

JUST WRITING

This is probably one of those ways I suggest to many and it really doesn't appeal to them as it's can be a long process and isn't the most fun and interactive way of revising but most of what you remember is from what you write and so while rewriting an information booklet isn't the most enjoyable thing to do, for me, it can really help me remember the information as well as condense it down by writing it in my own words while forcing me to make sure I understand the information and not just memorising it. 

MIND MAPS

The one everyone talks about and with good reason! They are what I turn to when all the writing out has been done and revision tables. Mind maps can condense information even further into just a few words. There's been a lot of research done into the effectiveness of mind maps and they are a very popular method of revision. A heads up for tomorrow's post is actually some facts about your memory and revising. might not sound the most interesting but it will definitely will be useful.

KEY CONCEPT CARDS

There's always key phrases or key researchers that you need to remember so these cards make it easy to do a quick test on the definitions of concepts or a brief summary of a researcher's study to jog your memory. It's a great way to test yourself as well as getting family and friends to help you out as well.

MIX IT UP

There are so many ways to revise and these are just a few ways I prefer to tackle my revision. But I don't just revise information one way but I go over it in multiple ways because the more times you go over it in a bigger variety of ways, the more likely you are to remember the information. So don't just write it all out or don't just do mind maps. If you have the time, do both what's the harm in trying to help yourself remember that information just a little more. 

They are my personal favourite ways to revise. How do you study? I would love to know!
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

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