EasyA's Top Revision Tips
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In this post, we share Dr Chris Jagger's top revision tips for students. Whether it's for upcoming exams or improving study habits more generally, we're sure you'll find these tips useful.
Meet Dr Chris Jagger, EasyA Academic Advisory Board
Chris has an extensive background in education, having served as the Head of Learning at Deloitte and a lecturer and research fellow in Mathematics at Clare College, Cambridge University. At Cambridge, Chris supervised and directed studies and served on the Governing Body at Clare College. His particular field of research lies in Combinatorics and Graph Theory. Chris has a PhD in Mathematics from Cambridge University.
Below, we share some of Chris' top revision tips for students.
Revision starts ideally on day one of your course, or at least as early as possible. As soon as you can, find out when you are going to cover material, and therefore think about when you might make sure you understand it and learn anything that needs committing to memory. This work should then be spread over the period of study, so revision doesn’t simply become something crammed in at the end.
Make sure you keep up to date as you go along, understanding as much as you can and learning bits on the way.
Generally, the earlier you invest the time, the less overall time you will spend.
The final spurt: Break down what needs doing, and split this across the days remaining, leaving some time for contingency. If you are naturally a bit chaotic then making sure you take time to plan is essential. If you are naturally a planner, make sure you don’t waste time over-planning – some people spend far too much time planning and not enough actually doing!
When and how to revise
- Find a quiet location where you can set out your stuff and work well.
- Get started early in the day.
- Do concentrated blocks of revision, the key being concentration, as you learn so much more when you are fully focused on it.
- Break it up by switching subjects – perhaps 30 minutes of maths, then 30 minutes of physics (it could be less time of each).
- Take plenty of breaks.
- Get plenty of sleep and try to establish a routine
- Eat healthily and drink lots of water (but don’t get obsessive about this).
- Take exercise and get some fresh air regularly (you can always take a post it note with you!).
We hope you found these tips useful. However, remember that everybody learns in different ways, so revision tips should be viewed as tips, and definitely not rules! If you know that something else is best for you, then stick with it – but at the same time do consider tips responsibly to see if they could help you!
If you have any questions for Chris, please get in touch here and we'll be sure to answer them in our next blog post!
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