Top tips for revision
Discover the top tips for successful revision from some of the EY Business Apprenticeship trainees, many of whom are busy revising for their professional exams.
Just reading the text isn't ever going to go in. Writing it down ensures you are reading, processing and understanding the text. Follow it up with question practice and you're into a winner. This takes a lot of time so make sure to start early.
Morning Workout @jessjessclarke
Going to the gym in the morning, whether it be swimming, a class or a gentle run, it forces you to wake up. A chance to get away from the books shouldn't be turned down otherwise you can lose motivation. By going in the morning you don't waste the day away and it's a great way to de-stress. Plus working off all sweets you ate whilst revising is never a bad idea.
Strike a Balance
The most effective way to revise is to maintain a healthy life balance, which includes studying, exercising and of course socialising. After a long day working from the books the best way to relax and free your mind is to go out with friends to the cinema or dinner, this will relieve your stress and ensure you are most effective and efficient when it comes to revision.
One of the easiest and most forgotten revision techniques is conversation. Through discussing topics with your peers and friends you can learn very quickly and help others learn too. The best part is a conversation is much more fun that reading from a text book, it is a great way to learn.
Wait for it to click @CLWain_EY
Unless you’re a genius, learning something new takes time. Read the text, follow this up with question practice and keep persevering. We all know how hard it is when you’re putting so much effort into something and don’t fully understand it all. But don’t worry, soon enough, the topic will click and then you can keep going!
Take a Day off Before the Exam @CLWain_EY
Completely take the day off before the exam, let your brain relax. Think of all the resources that you’ve learned over your revision period. Nothing new will sink into your brain the day before the exam; so let it go. Focus on relaxing however you do this best; go for a jog, take the dog on a walk, go out for dinner – just ditch the books for a day.
Don’t Be Scared to Ask
Everyone has been through some form of exams and revision and everyone knows how tough it can be. Don’t be scared to admit that you don’t know something or don’t understand. Use your best resource- the people around you. Find someone who is willing to help you out whether that be explaining something you just can’t get your head around, asking you practise questions or even just building your confidence.
When you’re studying it can become very easy for your revision and other things in your life to get on top of you and become a distraction. Try to stay as organised as possible and don’t let things pile up, it becomes a lot harder to study when you don’t have a clear head. Taking some time to organise yourself can save you time in the long run and helps you to focus on the task at hand.
Sleep is vital for revision. Many try to stay up all night trying to do more revision or memorising. The only thing you are achieving is causing your body to wear down mentally and physically Deep sleep consolidates your memory i.e. your brain backs up short term memory to move them to the long term memory part. Hence the best thing to do is have a summary sheet of what you revised in the day and give it one good thorough read whilst in bed and fall asleep. That last thing absorbed by your brain will then move to the long term section of your brain in sleep. Try it – you’ll be amazed.
Use your hours wisely
Following on from Kara’s organised comment it is actually amazing how many hours in the day we waste without knowing. Having a timetable where you have allocated ample revision time with generous breaks and stops is an amazing way to get your revision train on the track. Not only do you know at the back of the head what you’re revising next but you also have that excitement of knowing another 30 minutes and I can take a good break. It just brings your mind to a positive place as opposed to just trying to read through a book and worrying sub consciously how am I going to finish 12 chapters.
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