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Revision & Exams: Revision Techniques

Creating a Revision Plan

Download a Revision Planner by clicking on the following link.

Ideally you will start your revision six weeks before your exams.
Create a page for each week and write on it:

  • the submission dates of your assignments
  • the date(s) of your exam(s)

Then block out time for

  • Eating
  • Sleeping - be realistic about when you get up!
  • Relaxing
  • Favourite TV programme?
  • Social events
  • Sporting commitments
  • Hobby
  • Employment
  • Lectures/seminars
  • Travel

Calculate the time you have available
Aim to leave the week before your exams free so that you know you have time available in case a problem crops up.
Don’t be over ambitious – you can probably only concentrate on a single topic for 20 minutes, so break your revision into bite-size chunks.
Don’t study for more than 2 hours at a time
List what you need to revise and then match it up with the time that you have available.

Preparing for exams

Revision Techniques Workshop

You can watch a recording the Revision & Exam Techniques Study Skills Workshop above.

You will also need the following handout to complete the workshop task - Handout-week-time-planner.docx

Revision Techniques

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Based on the work of expert Stella Cottrell, international bestselling author of The Study Skills Handbook, this interactive resource will help you hone and develop your study skills at your own pace. Each module has been carefully designed so you can assess your current proficiency, track your progress, become more confident and get the most out of your course.

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Dealing with revision and exam stress

Mind Mapping

Some people find that mindmapping can help them to link ideas together.

Video on how to mindmap:
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-mind-map-with-tony-buzan

Free software that you can use for MindMapping:


(N.B. If you are a student with Additional Learning Needs, please discuss with ALS whether there is any software that they would recommend for you).

Useful books