Exams probably seem a mile away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing for them. You’ll keep hearing “start early” from your lecturers, and it’s nothing different to what you probably heard in school too. But it’s so true, so here’s my tips for revision (once you start early!)
Find your strengths and weaknesses
Starting early has so many benefits. Look through each module guide and highlight your strengths and weaknesses. You'll need to focus more on certain things than others and realising that before you begin your revision will be a good head start.
Look over your notes from the semester and think about what you might have misunderstood or need a bit more time for.
Get some variety
Don’t use the same study method all day, every day. You’ll quickly find that you don’t find it interesting anymore and you won’t get as much out of it. Instead, find methods that work for you, be it podcasts, mind maps, revision cards, or note taking.
If you can, try group studies; you can all help each other! Make a plan of what you’re going to study when and try to stick to it. That way, you’ll be ready for when exams come up and you can help motivate each other.
No matter how much pressure you’re under, you need to relax. If you don’t, nothing will sink in. So take consistent breaks away from your work to re-focus. Take days off as well; the idea of no days off right up until exams terrifies me!
Get good sleep (no all-nighters!), eat healthily and exercise regularly.
If you’re struggling with your revision and aren’t sure what to do, have a chat with your tutor. You can also book sessions with an Academic Advisor who can help you with writing, exam preparation, and much more. Don’t worry about your exams, if you start early and try your best, you’ll do well.