Exams are a horrible inevitability of life. In this rapidly changing economy, you need to keep your skills sharp, Young Grasshoppers. Whether you’re at university or studying to improve your career prospects, revising takes a lifetime to master and just one hour to give up on.
But don’t give up, not just yet anyway. The weeks and months leading to up to a big exam can be challenging for you and everybody close to you. Now more than ever, young people are splintering under the pressure – arguably there’s more at stake due to the competitiveness of the job market currently.
The best thing you can do for yourself at this point is to shake off any proven bad habits in your revising method. Nobody wants their practices criticised but success comes with humility.
Here are five scientifically proven methods of revising efficiently.
1. Spread it out
The method known as “spacing” helps you absorb information at a faster rate than cramming. The time in between sessions gives you time to forget and then re-learn the material. Here’s a quote from a super-scientific teaching report that labels “spacing” as: “one of the most robust across the entire history of experimental research on learning and memory”
2. Test yourself
Testing yourself only works if you’re honest. Looking at the answer when you can’t remember it and saying “I knew that”, doesn’t constitute knowing it. It’s difficult and confidence-knocking but identifying your knowledge gaps is the most effective way of recalling information.
3. Teach someone
“The Protegé Effect” requires you to not only learn the material but structure it in your mind cohesively enough to explain it to someone with the foundational knowledge that you have.
4. Ditch the highlighters
Despite being the representative object for revising, highlighters don’t actually aid the revision process. People learn and real information based on connections to other informations. All highlighters do is turn certain words a different colour and create the illusion of hard work.
5. Avoid the music
“Students who study in a quiet environment can recall more than those who revise listening to music”. This doesn’t affect extroverts as much due to their ability to control their attention. Not to say it doesn’t hinder them, just less so.