It has been a LONG week of exams, I still have 6 hours of Photography to go and then Psychology exams left in early June. So with my art exams basically close to finishing, I know my attention will be focused into psychology revision. I thought this weeks post would be a brief one, going through how I am revising.
1. My Study Life App
I think an important place to start is to actually allocate time to revise. Recently, I downloaded an app ‘My Study Life’ so I had set times to revise. I find it super helpful to know I have particular times in the day to get revision done and if I don’t get revision done in those slots, I’d just feel guilty. I would also not be doing anything else because I’ve scheduled in the time, so it makes me motivated to do work.
You’re really never going to feel productive if you don’t know how much you need to revise. I try to be as organised as possible, not to make life easier for myself (although that helps) but because I like lists, I like being able to see I’m getting through work. Otherwise I would never get anything done.
Firstly, I have my list of everything I need to revise. Split into topics; core studies; mental health; child and criminal psychology. I like that its all there (apart from research methods yet) and it means I can tick it off as I go.
Here I have my two week plan. Its very satisfying to be able to rub off what you have written because if you’ve been productive you end up with a clear board. Anyways, I can use it to decide what I want to get done each day depending on how much I have on. For example, Tuesdays I have a psychology lesson and a revision class so I’ve tried giving myself easier less time consuming topics. WIMB– stands for ‘What is meant by’ and then I have a ton of definitions to remember. So trying to do a little bit each day so its easier to remember it all.
3. Focus Keeper
Another app I use is Focus Keeper, I find it helpful to use during revision. You work in 25 minute slots and take a 5 minute break in between. After 4, 25 minute slots you can take a longer break. You decide how many sessions you want to aim for in a day. I feel that this definitely helps a lot, sometimes I just don’t stop revising and end up burning out. Whereas using this tells me when I should take a break and I end up being able to revise for longer.
4. Practice Questions
Finally answering questions. Its great learning all the information but if you can’t apply your knowledge, the revision is going to be for nothing. They’re not the most fun things to do, but the more you practice and improve the more motivation you’ll have to do them.
Good luck if you have any exams! We just need to remember they won’t consume our lives forever.
Lots of Love,