Revision techniques

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It is important to find a method that suits your learning style and a particular topic. You may find you want to change your method depending on the topic you are revising – just be alert to this. Remember to revise effectively you will need to remember facts and figures, understand concepts/theories and the critical debates of your topic.

Some common approaches include:

  • summarising notes or handouts into ‘distilled’ notes (key words, phrases) of no more than two sides of A4 for each possible question topic.
  • Some people find flash cards useful for this. Flash cards can incorporate colour for different layers of information and for making links.
  • If you are a very visual learner (if you are unfamiliar with this see the Understanding Your Learning Style Guide), you could draw charts/maps of key ideas using visual symbols/shapes, which act as a metaphor for key concepts and ways in which they relate to


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