Tuesday, 6 May 2014


Its nearly 11pm on a Weekday evening and I've been spending the whole day in a book, so its the perfect way to relax before than doing it all again tomorrow to show how I've been revising during this exam season. I currently am in University, and studying a Journalism BA. I'm in my first year, so its one of them cliches where I bet a lot of people will say first year doesn't count, but I want to do well of course, at £9000 I damn well want too! 

So I thought I'd show you the tips and techniques I use to revise, I haven't revised for proper exams in three years so its been a struggle. So hopefully this will help any GCSE, A Level takers or any other University students!

ORGANISE ALL NOTES: I've learnt the hard way that the notes you take from your years lectures and seminars, are going to be your lifeline for revising. Some of my notes are gold, but others lack the understanding of the subject. The more clear I've been or thorough the more helpful it is. Regardless, sorting all of the notes I have, or collecting the missing ones has been thoroughly helpful. I put them in a lever arch file and have been adding to this each day with new notes. I've my Politics and History of Journalism in one folder with a divider in the middle. I put my reading lists, with all the pages and books according to lecture/subject in the front and then work through the folder in almost chronological order. I've learnt for next year to make more of an effort in note taking for future reference.

STATIONARY: Having nice stationary to write with makes the world of difference. I have a punched hole A4 pad to write in so its easy to slot into the folder. I use coloured pens, a lovely writing pen and highlighters to write up my notes so everything looks aesthetically pleasing to the eye and has key points ready to see. In my mind I know what is important, or a key word etc. Highlighting dates is also helpful. It just gives you a little pleasure out of writing, and can be a treat to yourself if like me, you like stationary. 

RESOURCES: Make use out of books and resources, these are normally vast extensions to notes from lectures. These are great to expand on thoughts and ideas. Always question yourself, and think what questions would come from this topic. For instance, for my history, the BBC was founded by John Reith, we have to question whether this is accidental that it was founded or whether it was his personal achievement. Its thinking outside of the box all the time, to think of possible exam questions.  Saying that, ask your lecturers or teachers if you can have past papers, even its only last years, its a great indication of what could come up, or you know what will of been asked. These are really good ways to test yourself because you're bound to cover all knowledge this way. You'll be able to think of more questions spiralling off this too.

THE STUDY SKILLS BOOK : I was having a lot of trouble with my grades at the beginning of the year, so enlisted this book. You can buy it on amazon here [LINK] Basically I wish I bought this before I started university, it tells you everything, from day one, to dissertations. No matter what you're studying it covers it, it has lots of tips, tricks, little facts, guides, easy to read sections, all at your disposal. Its been so helpful with my studies. Even a exam prep guide telling you how to sleep better, what vitamins to take. Its so helpful and helped massively with everything to do with university.

WHAT ELSE?! My day to day routine on a revision day, is wake as early as possible. Start fresh, wake early, eat a good breakfast with a pint of water. Get your brain functioning well. Dont wear PJ's, its tempting but puts me in lazy mode. I have a pint of water sitting next to me whilst I get studying to keep sipping. The aim is two litres daily, I've been doing so whilst revising and its helped massively, I feel so much more healthier and helps you feel so much more alert.

I ensure I have a lunch hour, to eat a good lunch, catch up on things like emails, social media and my phone then go back to revising. Otherwise I could stop so easily then. I do take things a little easier in the afternoon but only slowly.

Eating healthily, a clean room, window open, sun shining through. Perfect!

So thats my top tips, and how I study. I hope its of some use to some of you in the same boat! Let me know your tips too and good luck!!

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