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Revision Tips

A common reason for academic misconduct — purposeful and accidental — is improper preperation leading to stress and rushing. Below, we've compiled revision tips and advice from the Advice Service to help you avoid this as much as possible.

  1. Put it into perspective.
    Think positively and remember that your examiners want you to pass. No one is trying to trick you; they just want you to display your understanding of the topic. And even if it doesn't go well, remember that failing an exam is not the end of the world.
  2. Get organised.
    Gather up all of your notes, readings, and handouts for the module. Look at past exam papers to identify any gaps you have. List out all the topics you need to revise.
  3. Make a realistic revision timetable.
    Scheduling yourself to study for 12 hours a day will just leave you depressed when you can't manage it. Be sure to book in breaks and don't try to study for more than a couple of hours at a stretch.
  4. Talk about it.
    Studying in groups gives you the opportunity to discuss the ideas of your course, and often we learn best by talking. If you can explain something to someone else, it means you genuinely understand it. Working in groups also gives you a chance to vent and de-stress!
  5. Revise Actively.
    Condense your notes into short summaries of main points on the topic. Make use of different materials — note cards, mind-maps, post-it notes, highlighters and coloured pens — to help trigger your memory and keep you from just reading through what you've already done.
  6. Do practice runs.
    Use past exam papers to practice answering questions against the clock. You'll get a feel for how much you can write or solve in a certain amount of time.
  7. Improve your memory.
    Learn key points by running through flashcards and creating mnemonic devices (e.g. First Place Often Takes the Trophy = Frontal, Parietal, Occipital, Temporal, Temporal).
  8. Seek support if you need it.
    Anxiety is normal, but if you feel like things are out of control, contact the Brunel Counselling Service. They're here to help at brunel-counselling@brunel.ac.uk.
  9. Know what to expect.
    Scope out the exam hall in advance, know how long the exam is and how many questions you'll need to answer. You'll feel on top of things — and knowledge is power.
  10. Timetable the exam.
    Once in the exam hall, skim through the whole exam first and jot down a brief schedule to ensure you have time to answer all the required questions.