Last minute Revision tips


Know the syllabus

What do you need to know? Perhaps the number 1 tip for exam success is knowing what’s included on the syllabus. Lecturers and teachers alike will have a basic set of aims and objectives they’re required to ensure their students achieve. Find out what you’re supposed to know and revise accordingly. 


Get organised

Time to get yourself organised. Even if, as the title of this article suggests, you’re leaving your revision till the last minute – there’s still time to organise. Sort the syllabus into a checklist (if it’s not already done) and decide when, where and how you’re going to learn each point.

Draw up a revision timetable. Even if the exam’s in a week, a few days, tomorrow, this afternoon – as ludicrous as that may sound, it’ll help to focus your learning. 


Be flexible

Quite contrary to the previous point, plans aren’t the be all and end all. This was something I struggled with during my tenure at university. Too many times I overslept and thought, “Well that’s it, the day is wasted, start again tomorrow”. This attitude certainly ain’t going to wash in the real world. Sometimes life (yes, having a lie-in is life) gets in the way of your plans, dust yourself off and adjust.


Talk through what you’ve learnt

And don’t just talk it through in the corridor 5 minutes before the exam. You’ll only get yourself into a panic worrying about what you think you don’t know. Make time for discussion in the weeks and days leading up to the big event. There are few better ways of consolidating your revision then by going toe to toe (academically speaking) with one of your esteemed colleagues. You’ll pick stuff up and maybe teach them a thing or two.


Do past papers

If you are truly coming to your revision at the last minute, I urge you to heed this piece of advice. There is a finite number and combination of questions your department can ask you. Familiarise yourself with these via the magic that is past papers. It’s rarely the case that past papers aren’t accessible – your university or school wants you to pass. When it comes to essay questions, read between the lines – you’ve probably seen the question before, its just been worded slightly differently.

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