If there's one thing that's misnamed at the University of Edinburgh, it's 'Revision Week', as leaving your revision until then is not advised! We may be in Week 8, but now is a good time to begin revising what you’ve covered since September, and to plan your strategy for your Semester One exams.
A recent overview of research into effective learning techniques (Dunlovsky et al., 2013) found that the two most widely effective techniques were:
Students who cram may pass the exam but they don't retain the material.
They also found that two of the techniques that are very popular with students were two of the least effective:
You can read the full Dunlovsky article here:
I would say start your revision well in advance and then plan it very well; structure it so that it’s not like kind of just something you’re going to do extra but something you have really planned well and in advance.
Watch video clips of more students' top revision tips on 'Talking Eds':
For more advice on effective revision strategies, visit the revision and exams section of LearnBetter:
The IAD is also running revision workshops this month. For a full timetable, please see the IAD website.