Our monthly feature offering advice on study techniques & tips. If you have any tips or tricks that you want to share, simply let Rosie know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exam season is just around the corner, oh the horror! However, despite the seemingly never-ending revision, copious amounts of stress, and those annoying topics that no matter how many times you revisit them, they don’t go into your noggin, there are ways to make your revision, and the exam season a somewhat enjoyable experience!
I like to make some of my revision techniques a game, as opposed to a chore. This doesn’t mean I don’t take it seriously, but I just don’t take it as seriously as I used to do. Furthermore, this increases your information-intake, as you are more engaged in what you are revising.
My favourite is a good old-fashioned game of pairs! Instead of writing your flashcards with the answer and question on different sides of the same piece of card, write them on separate cards, jumble your set, and lay them all out face-down. Now, turn over two cards, and if the Q and A match, put them to one side, but if not, turn them over and try again! This game can also boost your memorising skills, which further increases the success of your revision. It can also be played with a friend, making revising a sociable activity too!
My second revision-game is inspired by my childhood classic Pass the Bomb! Choose a topic that both you and a study-buddy know about, for example within psychology, you may choose Milgram’s study. Then, choose an object to be the ‘bomb’, and set a timer for one minute. One person starts holding the bomb, and states a fact about that topic, then passes it to the other player. This continues back and forth until the timer goes off, or the ‘bomb’ has exploded. Whoever is holding the bomb when it sets off gains a point, and the winner is whoever has the fewest points by the end of the game. What is even better about this is that you can use multiple players, and can vary the timer with each round, as traditionally, the timer is randomised each time.
So, there you go! Revision doesn’t have to be a gruelling, pain-staking experience, as there are ways of introducing elements of fun to your exam season!