Assess & Revise
Learning to revise successfully can help keep you actively engaged in your studies and reduce anxiety. Working from a revision timetable helps you to make clear goals for each revision session and allows you to check them off as you progress. For example, whatever topic you studied on the day organise your revision around the important things that you want learn and try to assimilate the key information before moving on to the next topic.
Depending on the level of study, take an active role by making cards with your own questions on and then these can be used for self-testing or get a friend or family member to quiz you. When you are confident enough the best test of knowledge is to teach what you've learned to the friend or family member. "If you can’t explain it simply- you don't know it well enough." (Albert Einstein).
The Pocket Learner is ideally suited to support all the fundamentals surrounding assessment and revision by using the pockets in a creative way to assimilate and digest information.
For a visual learner, it is useful to present information using drawings or diagrams, to make recall easier. Diagrams, mind maps, and freehand drawings can be useful ways of improving understanding and creates a much easier memory aid than reading the text alone.
Do not be afraid to use colour in much the same way. Colour your drawing or highlight the text
Information is hard to remember if it does not make sense. So you need to understand what you are trying to learn and relate it to things you already know.
It is easier to remember well organised information. Try to find a meaningful structure for the information. Identify the most significant points, break down ideas into sections. Make a spidergram to summarise ideas and evidence. It is easier to remember one series of connected ideas rather than a lot of separate points.
Active revision is much more effective than passive revision. Passive revision is associated with such activities as reading notes, and copying material. Active revision is concerned with using and organising material.
Make the information more memorable by using sounds or images to go with the information and form mental images to go with the ideas. It is much easier to remember someone’s name or their association with you when you see an image of them or when you see are told it, than it is to recall their name or association without any clues.