How to revise for exams? What is the need to revise? Why is the revision so important?
Many of us will be getting these kind of questions when we sit to prepare for exams or while revising for exams. The reason is that generally we have two types of skill sets one is perishable skill and other is the non-perishable skill. The skill or knowledge which we acquire by doing it is called as non-perishable skill, like swimming, cycling these skills are unforgettable. These non-perishable skills go deep into the brain that we cant erase them. And whatever skill that you acquire just by reading, writing or by watching become perishable and they are temporary.
If you are not in constant touch with perishable skills, there is a chance that you might forget everything about it. Therefore, you must be continuously revising them if you dont want to forget them. So, revising the older things is equally important as learning new things. Otherwise, it is as good as not learning anything. See, what is the use of learning and not able to remember in the exam? It is a disaster.
Why cant you top your exam?
The difference between the topper and the failure in the exam is that how well you are able to remember what you have learned and how you have presented it in the exam. Without remembering you cant put it on the paper and without revising you cant remember anything for the exam. So revising for the exams is very important.
Now when we think about revision, Generally we get few questions in our mind like..
• How to revise for exams?
• When to revise for exams?
• This means, What is the correct time to revise a topic before the exam like, Is it better to revise early in the morning or at the evening or the night time. And does last minute revision help?
• How many times should I revise a topic?
• This means, If you have learned a topic today. how many times you should revise a topic before you go to the exam. So that you are confident about the topic
• What should be the duration between each revision session?
• This means, How much gap should I keep between every revision session like if I read a topic today, How many days later should I revise it again
As per the research done by neurobiologists the answer for How many times should we revise a topic depends on how far your exam is? and the other factor is how much gap you are maintaining between each revision session.
The best gap and how many times should you revise for an exam is discussed below.
Revision techniques to revise for exams effectively
First thing is you need to maintain a diary. See, If you are reading a topic today then make a schedule or a reminder in your diary that exactly next week on the 8the day you must revise that topic what you have learned past week. You can use a digital calendar like google calendar to do this but then, I suggest you to maintain a book to do so. And again plan for a schedule to read the same topic after a week. As you are reading it every week it stays fresh in your mind and when you feel you are comfortable with that topic you can increase the gap from one week to two weeks or as you wish.
What is the best time to revise for exams?
As we all know that our human brain is divided into two parts(left brain and right brain). Generally when we read anything it goes directly into our left brain and we can call it as the RAM. And after that when we sleep the information from the left brain goes into our right brain and it is permanently stored there.(which requires constant reading to memorize it).
So its clear that the best time to revise or prepare for exams is before you go to bed. lets say if you are sleeping at 10 pm. Its better you read from 9 pm- 10 pm. And right after you read, just go to bed without doing anything like watching TV.
How to revise for Final Exam?
If you are starting your preparation now and your exams are after two months. You need to make weekly sessions and work according to them. See, If a topic takes two hours to prepare at the 1st try. Then it takes less than two hours at the second try. So after a few sessions of revision you will be in a position to revise that topic within few minutes.
This practice of revising topic in a regular time gap will help a lot like you may not able to concentrate for more than 2-3 hours sitting in front of books but you can make out one hour for every session you plan to revise and learn accordingly. And as you go on planning the schedules you can increase the time that you allocate for revision.
The main secret for success in the exam is not how much you learn. It is how well you have prepared your notes and how much of that notes is in your brain. How much can you recollect in your exam. At last your presentation matters.