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The psychology of revision: the best tips to help you ace your exams

By Lauren Buck on 09-04-2018

With the fixed number of distractions, you are struggling to concentrate on studying. Luckily for us, psychologists have proven that we get the grades we need. The studies are still relatively unknown, meaning not everyone is in these handy revision hacks. Adding in a few techniques to your studying routine in no time ...

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Being aware of what type of learner you are is very important when revising. Do you find yourself reading in pages and pages? We all know the struggle is real. There are four types of learner: visual, auditory, reading / writing, and kinaesthetic. Each learning type responds best to different methods of teaching. For example, if you're more of visual learner then it's time to get creative and get all your colored pencils and big sheets or paper out. Draw pictures which correlate to the most important aspects of each topic and visualize these images when you go into your exam. It really does work! For auditory learners, it's probably worth recording your lectures so that you can listen to them easily.

I'm sure you've heard the phrase 'practice makes perfect'. A huge mistake that is often made when it comes to revision is the fact that the time spent on learning and not actually putting it into practice. The best way to revise is actually to constantly test yourself . This will not only make you remember, but will help you familiarize yourself with the exam situation. Write out lots of exam questions (make them up and use past exam papers) and write out the answers. Keep on doing this and you're sure to go with flying colors. Speaking of color, this is also something that can help greatly and has been shown in studies to help students maintain 50-80% more information. If you use a different colour for each topic you revise this can also help you to build an association between the two which significantly improves recall when filling out your exam paper.

If you love listening to music while you study, then think about what you're listening to. Listening to the top 40 hits may seem fun, but is this going to aid your studying? In many studies psychologists have actually proven that listening to classical music in fact helps you focus more on your revision notes. The brain can not focus on learning when listening to music with lots of words. Now for a fun psychology hack: smellstudies psychologists have actually proven that listening to in fact helps you focus more on your revision notes. The brain cannot fully focus on learning when listening to music with lots of words, so listening to music with no words but with instruments like the piano and violin allows the brain to focus completely. Now for a fun psychology hack: . The sense of smell is strongly linked with memory, even more so than any other senses. Smells often incite particular memories so that you can revise your revision notes in perfume. Just make sure that you have a memory recall winner.

If you take all of these tips on board and put them into practice when you are next revised then you are sure to see what you want. Good luck!

Lauren Buck is a Criminology and Psychology graduate, freelance writer, blogger and Etsy store owner . She writes about a variety of topics-including student and career advice for Inspiring Interns , SPECIALIZES How many followers in placing graduates in London the best roles.

 

 

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