by Sabina Rai
The summer exams are almost here, which can be a daunting experience. For me, this is something I can relate to from my first year at the University.
Many aspects of the University are often new to a first year student. For me, it included approaching the exams and the revision. Finding the right learning and organisational strategies that worked for me was a big struggle. Both this and the lack of preparation meant I was very much behind with my revision. As a result of this, the pressure of revision and performing well in the exams increased to more than I had anticipated. However despite the pressure, I was determined to perform well in the exams and I made sure I gave my best till the very end of the last exam.
Now into the second year of the University, I needed to develop myself and find ways to stay organised. The strategies I used were
- Keeping a diary which helped me stay organised throughout the year
- Making a weekly and daily checklists that helped me keep on top of the deadlines and any short-term goals
- Regularly organising the notes which helped me identify any missing or incomplete notes
- Filling the gaps in the notes which was very useful and efficient when it came to revision
Using these strategies and having a positive attitude towards the exam, has definitely helped me stay organised. As a result of this, the pressure of revision and the upcoming exams has been significantly less.
Some of the revision techniques I used and think are worth sharing are
- Use the lecture recordings to fill in any gaps in your notes or if a topic is unclear
- Utilise the lecture screencasts if available, they are great and useful
- Use the flash cards to tests yourself, it’s very useful for remembering facts
- Use a white board to explain the concepts learned
- Use the past papers to practice and to familiarise yourself with the exam papers
One piece of advice I can give is, be experimental with your revision technique until you find the one that suits you best. But also, do stick to the ones that work for you. Lastly, be sure to use the tips listed if you haven’t already done so, stay positive and good luck with your summer exams.
2nd Year MPharm Student
University of Reading