Top tips using digital tools for effective revision
Be organised and start early
The earlier you can start your revision the better, and making a plan can really help. Make sure you know when and where your exams are taking place and record them in an online calendar. Mixing your revision up is an effective strategy. Interleaving your revision means rather than have a day blocked out to look at a single topic you should look at multiple topics in a session. GoConqr is a free online learning platform which allows you to create a personalised revision timetable. You can plan your study or revision by adding events to your calendar, letting you keep track of how much time you spend on each area of revision. In order to create your personalised timetable, you first need to create a GoConqr account. Visit the GoConqr website for more information on how to create a personalised revision timetable.
Spacing your revision has also shown to be more effective than cramming. When writing assignments or revising for exams it is good to break down your study time into short, timed intervals that are broken up with short breaks. This technique can help boost your concentration and increase your attention span. The ‘Tomato Timer’ is a free online tool that allows you to time your study and breaks, allowing you to study and revise more effectively.
How to use the tool:
- Set the Pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
- Work on the task until the timer expires; Record with an X
- Take a Short Break (5 minutes)
- Every four "pomodoros", take a Long Break (10 minutes)
The most effective technique you can use to help remember information is to regularly test yourself to develop your recall skills. Flashcards are small cards that are used to help learn and revise information, keywords and vocabulary. You can use these cards to help test your memory of a subject area before an exam. These can be an effective way to improve your revision as the use of short sentences and one word answers can help you memorise facts. You can create flashcards online using Quizlet, which is a free online learning platform. You will need to create a free account before you can create your flashcards. Visit the Quizlet website for guidance on how to create flashcards.
Take care of yourself
Most importantly you need to look after yourself - eat well, sleep well and keep hydrated. This will help you to perform at your very best during your revision and exams. If revision or exams are starting to affect your mental health, Togetherall is a free online service where you can access confidential help and support.
To improve your mental health and wellbeing during the exam period, you can find additional support within the university. You can access the online community Togetherall, and examinations and wellbeing support.
Where should I revise?
Your study environment and routine can play a crucial role in your success. Whether you prefer to study on campus or at home there are several factors to consider when creating a positive learning environment: your computer set up, desk space, lighting and noise as these can affect your concentration, motivation and engagement with your studies, so with this in mind try to create an optimal learning environment. You can book group or individual study spaces in the libraries.
The Skills Centre
The Skills Centre is the academic skills development centre in your libraries. It offers a range of individual and group study support sessions, including online study guides on exams and revision.
Skills for Study includes self-tests, interactive activities, and videos on a wide range of essential academic skills, from writing skills, critical thinking and time management, to research principles, personal development and employability resource. It features a module on exam skills.