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Getting ready for exams


Exams are only a few weeks away and if like me, you have yet to start revision we have a few hints and tips for getting yourself organised.

This semester, exams come around when you have not had the Christmas break to revise so good preparation is crucial. Keep this in mind. Get on it now and start planning. Make your revision notes for the first few weeks as soon as possible. Then you can carry these around with you and revise on the go.

Put aside an hour a day to do this or more if you can. Before the end of the week you will hopefully have notes ready for 3 topics or more.

I have given this tip before on another post but it is key… MAKE A REVISION TIMETABLE. I use and it creates one for you. You can also create mindmaps, quizes and revision cards as well as other resources to make it a bit more fun. Little and often is better than cramming everything in last minute.

Colour is also key. It helps you to remember things (there is science behind this but I have no idea what it is!).

Pomodoro is a technique that we discuss in our Beating Procrastination workshop but it is also great for revision. The idea is that you do work for 25 minutes and then take a break. working for this amount of time in one go makes it more manageable and makes you more likely to focus. You can use a timer on your phone or type ‘Pomodoro’ into your search engine to find one online.

Make the most of feedback. Do you always get comments about critical engagement? or maybe your timing? Find out what skills you are lacking and work on them. At 301 we have several workshops you can attend to improve your skills. Have a look on our website and find the one most suited to your area or areas of weakness.

If you are unable to make the workshop times you can also book a 1:1 appointment with a tutor to discuss it.

Just remember get started early.

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We are 301 Student Skills and Development Centre and we give academic skills advice to our students at the University of Sheffield. We offer workshops and 1:1 appointments.

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