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Preparation and practice are essential for success in your examination. There is no single best way to revise for an exam but you do need to adopt an organised approach. For example, timetable the work according to how much time you have and find out about the format of the examination. This section will help you figure out how to approach your revision.
Everyone revises differently and the techniques you use depend partly on what it is you are studying. However, the same principles apply to all subject areas. Rather than simply throwing yourself in and rereading your materials, try to adopt a strategic approach to your revision. The main principles are as follows.
Then do the work! Remember, it's less stressful to actually do some revision than it is to think about doing it.
Ged's advice to students who are revising for an examSign in to view this video
It is best to start revision early and keep revising as you study, by doing little but often. However, even if you have left it a bit late, you can make the most of the time you have by adopting the strategic approach described here.
Listen to Roger, an OU student, as he shares his thoughts about how to prepare for an exam. Bear in mind that 'it's never too late to start but, equally, it's never too early'!Sign in to listen to this audio
Revising as you study can make it easier to learn subsequent topics. Towards the end of a module you'll find that reviewing the material begins to bring everything together.
Some students collect material for their assignments while they study, which can be an effective time-management strategy. However, working through the material and then re-reading it for an assignment is very effective revision.
You tend to remember best the information received at the beginning and end of a learning session. So when you revise, it is a good idea to
Reviewing in this way is a very effective method of reinforcing memory.