Adult Revision Techniques

There is a fair amount of trickery as a child. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy....and telling you that once you're out of school, you'll never have to sit an exam again. This final one is substantially less enjoyable than either of the first lies, and hence why I am so annoyed about it. I feel like I've only just realised this. I feel like adults trick you when they say the exams you sit at school will be your last ones/your most important. Here I was, sitting at my A levels and pretty sure they were determining the path of my future, when I found that I was having the same pep talk I had been given before my GCSEs and even 11+s. Teachers lie. Exams do not end at school. They don't even end at uni. Whether you're studying for a masters, a PHD, accountancy exams, law exams or one of the other multitude of exams we have to sit during our lives, here are some renowned techniques to help you pass.

Head to pick up some new stationary

A good workman never blames his tools, but that's probably because he's got the best in the business. I feel one hundred percent better about revision when I know I am using the coolest notebook/have some nice highlighters/general treats. Work doesn't need to be boring and though it may seem like a bit of a stupid thing to get excited over, I think there's nothing better than a nice treat from Paperchase, Oliver Bonas or even Rymans. 

Create a timetable


When I was younger, I honestly thought a revision timetable was a total waste of time. I thought it was something people did for show, to distract themselves from really doing work. And then I wrote my dissertation....I set myself the strictest deadlines, and the only reason I could stick to them was thanks to my timetable. I'm hoping it'll help me out, once again, for my masters exams, although I'm not sure how well that will work out to be honest. 

Make mindmaps/flashcards/follow your revision route

By now many of us know what the best way for us to learn is. I love colours and visualisations; I learn through mind maps. A friend of mine swears by flashcards. Whatever helps you remember is the best way to go for it. Don't fix what ain't broke. Alternatively, if you've yet to learn a good way of revision, check our this guide

Stick to the revision timetable

So making a revision timetable is all well and good, but actually sticking to it can seem a bit tricky at times. Don't forget about your aims and where you wanted to be when you first began revision! Put your revision timetable somewhere you'll see it every day and don't let yourself slip. Allow yourself some treats when you live up to your plan and remember it'll all be worth it in the end. 

Don't panic


Or "Divin't panic" as my mum would jokingly say. Do not stress. Do not worry. Exams are frightening things, and it's okay to feel that way. When panic starts to become frantic rather than helpful is when you need to be concerned. It's okay to be worried about things; it's not okay to stay up all night, heart thudding, heavy breathing, going over and over again notes that you can barely seen through blurry eyes. My number one calming method is Rainy mood and reading. Whilst I'm not a fan of cramming, I do believe in taking a few hours before an exam to re-read over the parts you don't feel as confident about. For me, being around other people is unbearable before an exam. I can't handle being around the pressure and for me, my nervous energy swells when surronded by other peoples. Basically, I do not need other people's nerves right before an exam. I would rather have a little walk on my own and gather my thoughts. If you're the same, then don't worry! Stay calm and keep going.