Being able to plan out your revision is an essential part of keeping on top of university work. After A-Levels and in my first year uni I really learnt about managing my time and work without the support from teachers that you get in secondary school.
I have found that it is so important to not overload yourself with unrealistic expectations (like revising all day/week before the exam), it is far better to spread out revision over a lengthier period of time and then just refresh your memory closer to the time.
Obviously everyone works differently but in the past I have found that no matter how strong your intentions to revise are, if you don’t put aside specific time to do it, often it gets set aside or pushed back. Here is an example revision timetable which you could tailor to fit your schedule but I always find I’m more productive in the morning and it also means you can relax and enjoy the rest of my day when you know you’ve got everything done that you need to.
The day is split into 5 sections, if you schedule something in for the evening it doesn’t mean you need to revise for 3 hours, you should just use it as a time frame to break up your day and your revision sessions.
Make sure to leave yourself plenty of breaks so you can actually take the information in and don’t get bored. Try to switch up your subjects as well to cover everything. If you can plan ahead enough in advance you should be able to schedule in loads of break, the issue arises if you leave things until the last minute and then have to cram all the information in at once.
When taking notes I find it far easier to use my laptop and type through the lecture so that I don’t miss anything out, then when it comes to revising I will write notes out by hand as you are more likely to retain the information this way. As you get closer to your exam you need to make sure your understanding of the topic is clear and then try to reduce your notes to the point where you only need to be prompted by a few bullet points per topic.
Using colour in your notes has also been shown to help with memory so try it out however makes sense to you, highlight key terms or names, colour coordinate topics or highlight the hell out of your text book, whatever works best.
If you can get your hands on them past papers are definitely one of the best ways to go forward with your revision. You can start by just using them as a framework and plan some answers, then move onto writing some out in full and finally you can practise doing it all under timed conditions like you would in the actual exam.
A key way to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of a topic is if you are able to teach it to someone else. This can be friends or family (anyone you can convince to sit and listen), if you can confidently and clearly explain the topic and points from memory then you are pretty much set for your exams. And if not, go back and keep working on it!
Also See: How To Stay Motivated While Studying