With mid-year exams fast approaching, it’s time for some serious preparation:you’ll have to get your notes out, make crib sheets and ask around for the lessons you missed.
To take the stress out of revision and be ready when the time comes, all it takes is a bit of organisation and… the right app!
Crib sheets: your must-have study aids
Easy-to-memorise, well-summarised crib sheets are the key to productive revision. Just follow these steps:
- Make a crib sheet for each subject.
- Zero in on the essentials with the key words, figures and concepts. Don’t forget clearly identified headings and subheadings. These will spotlight the most important facts to learn.
- Put lists of dates or definitions on a separate crib sheet.
- Instead of copying out your plan word for word, group important data by theme: this will help you assimilate the information. Simply writing your crib sheet out by hand will also help you memorise it. Easy!
- Don’t forget to add colour, use highlighters, create focal points and text boxes on key notions or exceptions to the rule.
Naturally this is best not left to the last minute. It’s much easier to make your crib sheets as you go, throughout the year, and revise regularly. Why not get together with your friends to do it? Then you can be sure you haven’t left anything out. And if you have an OXFORD connected notebook and the SCRIBZEE app, you can simply scan your crib sheets and store them directly in your “Revision” folder with your smartphone. Then you can study them whenever you like: in the train, in bed or on your sofa.
Something missing? Call a friend!
It’s not unusual for even the most conscientious students to miss a few lessons in a year. Even if you haven’t had time to catch up with them, you really don’t want to skip a subject that might turn up on exam day! Of course, you could always make photocopies, but it’s a nuisance and can be expensive. However, if one of your friends has an OXFORD connected notebook, they’ll be only too happy to scan their notes and send them to you by e-mail or text message. No matter what happens, you’re prepared to make the most of your revision time!
Ready for the big day
Now you’ve got everything you need on hand and can get down to some serious revision! Draw up a revision schedule and try to stick to it. For example, you might decide to revise two subjects per day, or one subject per half-day.
Don’t forget to take regular breaks: a 20-minute nap, a short walk for some fresh air or an hour’s sport to get rid of any stress. Have a light meal in the evening and get an early night so your brain can assimilate everything you’ve taken in during the day.
When the big day comes, you’ll be ready to give your best!