Easter’s coming up fast, and you’re probably still completing assignments for the end of term. Exams might still seem a long way off now but they’ll be here before you know it. It’s a good time to start thinking about your revision – and the Library and Study Advice are here to help.
Working out a schedule
It’s important to have a plan, to make sure you have time to cover all the topics you need to. Avoid making your revision plan too detailed and prescriptive though – you will need to build in time for relaxation, exercise – and the unexpected!
See our Study Guide on Planning your revision for more on how to work out your schedule. And why not pick up a free year planner from the Study Advice office – perfect for making your revision plan!
Finding materials for revision
You will probably start by reading through your lecture notes, and then looking at texts on your reading list. The Library has guidance on finding different types of publication as well as videos that will help you to get the most out of the Library.
You should also check the subject resources and guidance for information resources in your topic – much more reliable than ‘just Googling it’. And remember that, whether you’re revising on or off campus, our ebooks and ejournals are accessible 24/7.
Where will you revise?
The Library is many students’ first choice of location for revision. We have dedicated group, quiet and silent study areas so whether you want to work alone or with a group of friends, there will be a suitable place for you. However, the Library can get busy in exam period. So for alternative places to revise on campus, check the list of study spaces.
Wherever you revise, remember to take breaks. We may be open 24 hours but that doesn’t mean you have to work through the night – your brain needs rest and time for processing information.
Making your revision effective
If you can find six minutes in your busy schedule, you can watch our video tutorial on Effective revision – and save yourself a lot of wasted time. We also have a Study Guide on revision and memory techniques. If you’re taking exams in the UK for the first time, have a look at our information on assessment by examination in UK higher education to give you a clearer idea of how they may differ from what you have done in the past.
Remember that the purpose of revision is not to memorise everything you can find about the subject, but to prepare yourself to answer exam questions. Check the Past Paper archive on the Exams Office website to find examples of questions for your modules which you can use to write practice answers – to time and by hand, ideally. And have a look at our video tutorials on exams for guidance on the best way to prepare for different kinds of exams.
Where to get more help
If you have any questions about revising or taking exams at university, make an appointment to meet with a Study Adviser – they can give you friendly, expert advice.
This is one of a series of tips to help you save time and effort finding or using information.
This tip was written by Kim Shahabudin, Michelle Reid and Sonia Hood (Study Advice team).