Dear Aspect, what are your best revision tips?
The first thing you should do, before you start revising, is finding out what kind of learner you are. This will help you work out what revision techniques will work best for you. The best tips I can share is to start early, make a plan and sort out your sleeping routine! From there, I cover all grounds of revision personally, using podcasts, notes and activities to engage all methods, as that is what works best for me. I have struggled to find out what kind of learner I am, as I have grown and changed within education, and some things that may have worked in the past, don’t work now. I’ve found it useful to revise almost unconsciously. One way I do that is by recording myself saying my revision notes, then listening to those recordings when I’m out walking, instead of music.
Aspect… how can I manage my time effectively?
List all the things that you need to accomplish academically and all the things you need to do for yourself, such as going out for walks or factoring in mealtimes. Find a realistic plan that works around your commitments, meaning you utilise every day without getting overworked or overlooking your necessities, such as time for exercise or food. If you start earlier, as mentioned above, this will take the pressure off of being a last-minute learner, and should stand you in good stead for whatever you may be revising for.
Hi Aspect! How can I work out what type of learner I am?
There are lots of websites or resources to find out what kind of learner you are. I will leave a few below for you to try out!
Teachers would always explain to me that there are three types of learners:
Auditory learners mainly learn through listening and speaking. A good way for these learners to revise is with my voice memo example above. Using a voice memo app on your phone, read your notes out as it is recording. Then listen back to your voice memo as you walk, or make dinner for example, instead of listening to music.
Visual learners best absorb information when they see the material being presented in front of them. Many enjoy reading or find imagery a good way to learn new things. Visual learners may find taking notes as an effective way to revise, whilst incorporating imagery and doodles into their revision, to link concepts together.
The kinaesthetic learners are often referred to as the “doers” as that is the best way for them to learn. These learners could listen or write all day long, but none of the information will sink in. They take a more hands-on approach to learning. A good example of how a kinaesthetic learner would absorb information is by jumping in and physically doing a task.