Almost everyone knows how important revision is. The majority of students are very diligent about it, but it does not always work out as planned. As is the case with every aspect of one’s endeavors at study, it is important to plan revision time in advance and make sure the time available is well-organized. 


Revision serves the following purposes:

In order to do this, you need to put your notes in order e.g. any essay notes, class handouts, and so on. These should be arranged into cohesive and convenient sets.

This article offers tips on: 

Creating Revision Plans

As with many things, the key to success is good planning. Here is some useful advice:

Making Sure Revision is Productive – Techniques

The three main methods of revision are:

  1. Taking and/or making notes
  2. Committing to memory
  3. Writing model or ‘practice’ answers.

The next section looks at each of these methods separately:

Taking or Making Notes

Please refer to the ‘Taking/Making Notes’ section on our writing service’s website for more in-depth information on this activity.   

During each academic term and indeed throughout the entire year, students usually take a lot of notes from various lectures, classes, seminars, and reading materials. Now that it is time for revision, your primary goal is to find the best ways to memorize these notes:

Remember that less is a lot more where note taking is concerned, at least for the purpose of revision! 

Committing Material to Memory

This is a task that cannot be avoided if you are to do well in your exams. You simply have to be able to remember your course material. Therefore, you need to find an effective way to do this. You may find the following techniques helpful:

Writing Model or Practice Answers

A key element of revising is writing model or practice answers to expected exam questions. This method helps you memorize materials, improves your critical thinking skills, and provides exam practice.

Check out the Essay Writing section of our website and try to condense the process we describe into abbreviated form. You could use the following steps as practice:

Revise Throughout the Entire Year

Do not make revision an attempt at the last minute to compensate for previous neglect. It is extremely easy to forget earlier work when topics succeed each other at a rapid pace. It can seem there is little or no time for revision, but you should keep an eye on upcoming exams throughout the entire college year.   

If you find any particular element of your course especially confusing, take time to review textbooks, previous exam papers, and notes. Look at your course in its entirety and try to put everything into perspective. Talking to your tutors and attending introductory courses and lectures can also help.  

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