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Post by Chilli-head on 8th September 2011, 10:16 am

It's been years since I had to revise for an exam, and I can't say I miss the experience. Still, two points that I really believe in:

1: Revision is easiest when it is just revision; i.e., you have already absorbed and understood it first time around. Because I am not a quick handwriter, this often meant I was best not taking full notes in lectures, but focusing on listening and understanding. The notes could be photocopied from a tame swot for the price of a beer or two.

2: I liked to read through the notes the night before the exam. Less time to forget !


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Post by mark barker on 8th September 2011, 10:18 am

I've never found a method of revision that works for me, although thats possibly because I'm too lazy to try and revise! Embarassed

I used to marvel at the folks I was at uni with when they had their revision notes dotted all around their houses and elaberate spider charty things all over the place!

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Post by Lottie on 8th September 2011, 5:17 pm

I think half my charts may be spidery, Mark, mainly due to a spider wandering over them.. Laughing Embarassed

I find if I read stuff at night it really sinks in too, here's hoping! I've got a revision day in Cambridge on Saturday, going up with a matey, so that'll be fun, he's driving, I'm supervising.. Wink

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Post by Lakshmi on 8th September 2011, 6:17 pm

this is what I got with the VARK test:
our scores were:

Visual: 6
Aural: 12
Read/Write: 13
Kinesthetic: 11
You have a multimodal (ARK) learning preference.

Lottie, did you check the helpsheets underneath? about to plunge into them myself.
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Post by Lottie on 9th September 2011, 9:09 am

Um.. cos I did.........................................................n't... Embarassed Laughing I shall go have a look see after lawn massacring.. mwahhhhhhhhhhhh! x

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Post by Lottie on 6th October 2011, 7:10 am

OK 1 week to go... Shocked
Any tips for the last week? I'm now re reading the blocks as a kinda novel... Laughing I've read better... Wink

I feel that my brain is completely overloaded and when I remember something new, I lose other stuff... Rolling Eyes

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Post by mark barker on 6th October 2011, 7:32 am

I'd be tempted to suggest walking away from the books... Too much rereading can be confusing, so have faith in your revision to date and have a week off.

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Post by Kristy lee on 6th October 2011, 9:39 am

good advice Mark. I would probably leave it too, sounds like your pretty prepared. Two days before your exam do some reading. Just for a few hours and then put it away. Make sure you get plenty of sleep and water.

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Post by Lottie on 6th October 2011, 12:36 pm

Very Happy Thank you! Not sure if I can make myself take the whole week off, I'm a bit of a nightmare that way... Embarassed but I am gonna take the next few days off because I have worked hard and I've had enought truth be told... Embarassed

You do realzie you're gonna have to help me again come June don't you... Laughing

By the time I get this ruddy degree you lot will be more stressed than me, I reckon! Wink

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Post by MrsC on 6th October 2011, 2:48 pm

Down time is definitely the right thing. I found lots of nice long walks really helped me before exams.

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Post by Lottie on 6th October 2011, 6:12 pm

Thanks sweeti.. Very Happy

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Post by Lottie on 12th October 2011, 9:54 am

Exscuse me for just 1 moment....

AHAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! Shocked

Oh good Grief, it's tomorrowoooowwwwwwww!!! Shocked Laughing *runs around like a headless chicken* Laughing

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Post by Dandelion on 12th October 2011, 7:00 pm

Now Lottie - calm down because you've done the work! Try to relax and think about what you do know rather than worrying about what you don't know. One technique when you get into the exam room is to run through some facts (dates? significant events?) just to 'prime' your mind and remind yourself that you know your stuff.
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 12th October 2011, 7:58 pm

I took my super condensed falsh card notes with me and flicked through them when i stopped for a thermos break en route and in the carpark and before going in. Not trying to cram last minute, but I found it reassuring - a calming process that kept my mind on the fact that i was well prepared and did in fact know my s.... tuff rather than getting my brain into panic mode.
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Post by Lottie on 12th October 2011, 8:11 pm

Awww group hug!! Laughing

Thank you. I am doing just that, Billy, I've found a weird technique that kinda works... reading my cram cards whilst pacing Shocked most strange but it's really calming. I wonder if they'll let me do circuits of the exam room? Wink

Thanks so much for the support it has so helped, I feel OK now, can't be bothered to do anymore tonight, I shall have a look see in the morning. My mate is driving me in, he's also doing the exam too. Gawd help him, I shall probably be clinging to his knees as we got out of the car.... Laughing Embarassed

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Post by flute on 12th October 2011, 8:45 pm

Aw, good luck Lottie!!! You'll be fine! Have a nice warm bath, destress, and have a good sleep tonight. Eat well tomorrow, and stay hydrated. hug

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Post by Lakshmi on 12th October 2011, 11:27 pm

hoping you are happily asleep now. sending you calming vibes. take a sprig of rosemary with you. it'll help your mind focus.
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Post by Lottie on 13th October 2011, 7:04 am

Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu!! Very Happy

I shall, Lakshmi, bless you, in fact I shall do it now. I got a pint of water, Flute, and mints, mars bars etc etc I'm using it as an exscuse to stuff me face... Laughing
Dead chuffed cos I slept really well, and now feel really calm and weirdly up for it Twisted Evil exam, I mean.. Razz Laughing

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