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March 25, 2020

Revision Tips for Upcoming Examinations

With examinations around the corner, students are more focused on revising their work in preparation. Sometimes however, revision can be difficult if your child is unsure of what they know and what they do not know. In other cases, it may pressurizing since time is short and they may also be uncertain of what topic or subject to prioritize. Here are some tips to help students start their revision!

1. Start early and revision planning

Time is essential when it comes to revision! Students will definitely need all the time they can spare to go through what they have learnt and be able to apply the concepts to questions in the examination. As such, it is important to start revising early. As soon as possible, start revising! 

Another good way to organize revision is to come up with a schedule for what to revise, when to revise, and how much time to spend on it. Students can start by coming up with a list of topics they need to revise – categorize this by subject, then make a checklist of topics that are covered. Once this is done, students should rank the topics by how well they know each topic. For weaker topics, students may then set aside more time for themselves to revise the concepts and knowledge in that topic. Once this is done, come up with a schedule and slot in each topic into a timetable format, where one timeslot is solely dedicated to that topic.

2. Learning type

How does each student personally learn? There are three main categories of learners – auditory, visual and tactile. Figure out which style suits your child best, and help them plan how they can study in a way that is advantageous and productive for them. For example, auditory learners are able to retain information better when they hear information instead of reading them, because it is more natural for them

Students may take this test to find out! 

3. Find a study buddy

Instead of revising alone, revise together! This however, should be noted to be a double-edged sword. Provided students are disciplined, revising together has huge perks! Students will be able to test one another, and even teach one another the different concepts as part of their revision. Research has shown that by discussing concepts and topics, students are forced to process and make sense of what thy are talking about better, hence allowing them to retain the information through a more thorough understanding of it. By trying to teach concepts to another, students will also be able to quickly identify the areas of the concept that they are weaker in or are more unsure of.

4. Post it

This tip is especially beneficial for those who are visual learners! Students can write down facts or snippets of information that they struggle memorizing or understanding on post-its, and stick them around their study area! In this way, students are able to refer to what they are learning in a quick manner, and the repetition of seeing these pieces of information will transfer to their long-term memory. Just be sure to keep them short and sweet!

5. Do not panic

Lastly, this is the most important tip! Staying calm while revising is of utmost importance. Our minds do not function as well when we are panicking, simply because our concentration is directed towards thoughts of “what-ifs”. As such, it is always important to remain clam while revising. Students, should they find trouble concentrating, should allow themselves short breaks to recollect their thoughts and then direct their concentration towards their learning. Some tips: meditate, take a short walk, or watch a short 5-minute comedy or something funny.

We hope that these tips helps students in the upcoming examination period! YMCA Learning centre also provides tuition services, should students require extra revision help!

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