Step 5: Revising
Do you want to remember your newly acquired knowledge and be able to apply it on the exam or in actual situations? Then you need to repeat this knowledge thoroughly (up to 3 times)!
How to get started?
- Repeat and test yourself until you really know it.
For example, open your syllabus at a random page, read the title and try to tell what you know about this section.
Take your scheme and take a walk in the neighbourhood... The framework of your syllabus should be sufficient to tell all you know about this subject in your syllabus.
- Ideally, study 3 times:
1st time: Immediately after this chapter is completed in class: read, process and schematise.
2nd time: During the exam preparation period: schematising and memorising.
3rd time: Memorise again a couple of days before the exam.
- Test yourself!
Don’t fool yourself. Understanding something does not automatically imply that you can formulate an answer. Check your answers on accuracy and completeness. Don’t put your syllabus aside, but use it to verify if you have memorised everything correctly.
The importance of a proper planning!
Many students postpone memory work (memorising) until right before the exam with the idea ‘What I learn know, I will have forgotten within 4 weeks!’. However, the memorising stage (step 4) is already in progress when you are structuring (step 2) and schematising (step 3)!
Even if you are not consciously memorising at that moment, by dealing with your learning contents in such an active manner, you automatically learn certain contents. When you search for understanding and structure, nerve paths are being created in your brain, which you can recall later.
When you are consciously memorising (step 4), you will reinforce these paths, allowing you to recall knowledge gained before from your memory fast, e.g. on an exam.
Please note! Don’t do all memory work at once, but divide it over several short periods!
Good planning skills are vital!
Now you are properly prepared ... Good luck!