Revision. Here at TopperQ we know you hate it. Thing is, it’s a fact of life that revision is essential if you’re going for exam gold. In fact, it’s been proven that the earlier you start revising, the better you’ll perform in those end-of-year exhaustions. Yawn. We know.
With piles and piles of paperwork, it’s hard to pick a point to start. Thing is, we’re all different, so there’s a number of ways we recommend to revise. Don’t fret. At TopperQ we have a plan…
First, let’s get personal
If the whole world was the same, it’d be quite a boring place.
You’ll already have that one mate that loves the food that you hate, so you know that personalities come in all shapes and sizes. Taking that one step further, it’ll come as no surprise that we all have different ways of revising that work for us.
A great place to start when you’re easing yourself back into revision after a holiday, is to find your personality type. The Hartman Colour Personality quiz, a simpler version of the way more complicated Myers-Briggs test, can help you be exact on where your motive lies.
Got your results?
Red? You need power. You’re inspired by simply completing a task. Set yourself goals, using the tips below, and stupendously smash your revision.
Blue? You’re a perfectionist, driven by emotions. Why not study with a friend, and succeed together? Check out our section on studying with a mate.
White? You’re a purveyor of peace. Goals won’t work, but working at your own pace will. Check out our section on scheduling.
Yellow? You crave spontaneity, and excitement. You’ll probably be able to convince everyone, even yourself, that you’re ready for the exams right now. Remember, when you make those big plans, they’ve got to come together, so use a mix of the three tips below to create a revision habit that’s healthy and DON’T get carried away with yourself.
Set yourself goals/rewards
Setting yourself simple short-term goals at various stages through your revision is key in avoiding being overwhelmed.
When you set yourself these goals, for example, taking a short break to watch an episode of your favourite T.V. show or listen to your album, make them clear.
The more focused your goal is, the more likely you are to hit it.
The more of these goals you accomplish, the greater your sense of achievement will be, and the better you’ll feel about the revision. It’s a cycle of celebration you’ll be wise to get into.
Set yourself a schedule
Closely linked to the above, creating a revision schedule to stick to will help you feel like your learning is leaning more towards the structured side.
Writing everything you have to do down will allow you to see if you’re able to add-in a few days off here and there, or if you’re in it for the long haul. It’ll also help you prioritise things you might not be so great at; and again, plan your breaks.
If you’re an app-addict, there are a number of them that will help you organise your time. We at TopperQ especially love MyStudyLife, designed to replace your paper planner.
Work with a friend
Whilst it might seem the stuff of movie-shenanigans, revising (and we mean actually revising, not sneaking out to a party) with a mate actually has brain benefits.
Science shows that the best way to understand something is to teach it to someone else, because it’ll lead to a higher incidence of your willingness to read, understand, and concentrate on it. This is because you want the other person to succeed, which makes your brain process information in a different way.
There’s even a Yiddish term for the fuzzy feels you get from your friend’s achievement. It’s ‘nachas. Mazel Tov!
Convinced? Now you’re ready to revise, check out TopperQ - the app where you can take practice exams, devour bite-sized chunks and help yourself reach your ultimate exam excellence.