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  • Revision planners.
  • Check the date time and venue of all your exams.
  • Get an overview of the information you need to study.
  • Identifying your academic strengths and weaknesses will help you to plan and prioritise your revision schedule and ‘to do’ list in order to give your best personal performance in the exam.
  • Learn from the past by going over past exams to analyse what went well and what didn’t and put strategies in place to overcome any past problems.
  • List the topics you need to study and construct a revision timetable which prioritises topics in terms of importance and closeness to the date of exams.
  • Prioritise tasks by urgency and importance so you can make sure you cover what you have to do V what you would like to do.
  • Review your timetable regularly and adapt it if you feel it is not working for you.
  • Organise your study environment – the more similar it is to the exam situation the better it will help you prepare for exams.
  • Organise your notes and revision into separate topic folders for each exam.
  • Colour coding folders for different exam topics and repeating these colour codes on your timetable can help you to feel more organised
  • Check your course handbook, if applicable, for any information about the exam structure and format, what is expected and what percentage of your overall course each exam is worth.
  • Make sure you are familiar with any changes to the exam papers, marking criteria, compulsory questions or course syllabus before you start your revision.
  • When you are setting your study goals try to make them as meaningful to you as possible by brainstorming ideas, experimenting with different approaches and building in regular review periods and rewards.
  • Marking off what you have achieved on your revision timetable will give you a sense of achievement and satisfaction.