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7 Ways to Revise for Your Semester Exams

Exams period can sometimes be tension-filled for students. The amount of time and effort you must have put into preparation will most likely determine the amount of tension you will feel as the exams approach but the fact still remains that feeling tension as exams approach is quite inevitable. Very little tension may be felt for those that have begun to prepare ahead of time but it will always be there.

The reason being that as students, we are usually either not satisfied with how much we’ve read or we fear that we may forget what we’ve read. While, how you revise for exams is very important, more important is how early you began to prepare, how much you prepared and how you prepared. However, my focus in this article will be on tips that will help you revise for the exams:


1. Focus on your lecture notes:

While it will be tempting to want to read so many textbooks to satisfy yourself that you’re well prepared, this is not so much of a good idea, at least not when the exams are already around the corner. It’s very important that you focus on going through those notes you must have made during lectures because it’s most likely that the lecturer or examiner will restrict himself to what he or she taught you in class.

2. Revise and share with others:

Our excuse for not agreeing with this is most times that we’ve not yet finished reading but trust me, students hardly ever finish reading. The little you already know is enough to share with either your study group or any other course colleague. Solving problems and discussing about likely questions with others is one sure way to make your course information rank high in your brain’s index for easy recall because the body movements and gestures of your reading partners will help you remember easily.

3. Skim and scan through your course materials over and over again:

What this does is that it helps your brain search out the pieces of information about those subjects it had earlier processed and bring them to the forefront. In other words, by glancing through your notes and materials over and over, you’re kinda telling your brain: ‘Hey, I’ll be needing this information soon, prepare it for me’.

4. Answer as many questions as possible:

If you can lay your hands on past and previous exam questions, that would be great because going through them and solving them gives you an idea of what to expect in the examinations and how the questions are likely to show up. If not, set tasking questions for yourself or ask someone else to do that for you and attempt them. This goes a long way in giving you an idea of the exam condition before you write it.

5. Write the exam in your mind and examine all case scenarios:

Every human being has the power of imagination and it is a great power indeed. The ability to envisage and visualize things in the mind is inherent in every man. Using your past experiences with exams, try to picture yourself writing the exams and go over all the processes of collecting the exam questions, writing your name on the answer booklet, answering the questions, being asked to stop and submit your papers and so on. Trust me, this helps to ease of exam tension.

6. Go over jotted-down points at least a day to the exam:

This is based on the assumption that you’ve been jotting down main points during your study periods which is highly recommended. Now is the time to go over those points so as to call back those pieces of information earlier stored and processed in your brain for easy recall in the exam hall.

7. Sleep well

The importance of sleep when it comes to learning cannot be overemphasized. Sleep is also very crucial for your brain. In fact, as you drift off, one-fifth of your body’s circulatory blood is being channeled to your brain. A very active period of restructuring that is crucial for how our memory works goes on in the brain during sleep. As you revise for your exams, it is important to get adequate sleep so that what you’ve learned can be adequately consolidated.

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