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With exam season looming, we’ve put together some top tips to help you manage your revision time.

Set Goals and Priorities

Starting to revise can be a daunting process, but you can make it feel more manageable by setting clear goals and a time-frame. Making a list of everything you need to learn can be a really helpful way to de-stress and understand how much work you need to do. You should also think about which exams are coming up first or which topics/modules you find most challenging – setting these as your priorities will make your revision time more effective.

Make a Timetable…

Once you’re clear about what you need to do, plan which topics you will revise on each day of your revision period. Make sure you leave time to review topics you’ve previously learned to keep all that knowledge fresh! Be realistic about what you can achieve in a day and plan your time into short, sharp bursts of revision rather than sitting at your desk for hours and hours.

…And Stick to It!

The temptation to procrastinate while revising is huge, especially during the holidays when there’s so many other things you’d rather be doing. If you’re struggling to stick to your timetable, try giving yourself small rewards for every revision session you do, even something as simple as chocolate can give you the extra boost you need. You might also find it helpful to tell your family and friends about your timetable so they can make sure you’re sticking to it.

Don’t Forget to Relax

It’s important to give yourself enough down-time during exam season to rest and recuperate. Exercise is the perfect way to relieve stress and relax after a revision session, NUSU has some great sporting activities coming up in January as part of its Give it a Go program (https://www.nusu.co.uk/getinvolved/giveitago/) which you could try. If it helps you, include relaxation periods in your revision timetable to make sure they’re part of your routine.

Master Your Technique

Don’t waste time writing out pages of notes if that won’t help you learn the content. Work out what style of revision works for you early on, this will save you so much time as you move through the process and learn what you need to quicker. You could use mind maps, colour coded notes, record yourself and listen back to it, discuss the content with you course-mates… and so much more! Do whatever works for you.

Best of luck everyone!


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