Finding your revision style

Revision styles

With revision, practice makes perfect. However, finding a learning style to help you practice and retain information isn’t easy. Many individuals never discover their ideal revision style, an issue that can leave the vast majority less productive than they should be. With exam season in full swing, finding the most effective way to revise has never been more important. In this blog post, we take a closer look at why finding your revision style sooner rather than later is important and reveal those golden rules to help you identify yours.

Why knowing is important

There are several benefits that go hand in hand with discovering how you process information most effectively. Each person is different, which means the learning style that gets the very best from you is likely to differ too. There are a number of revision methods you can explore when studying for your A Level exams. By pinpointing a learning style that fits, you can boost yourself academically and professionally.

Knowing your revision style will help you maximise your learning potential, giving you the confidence to succeed, even when faced with exam and private school pressures. By identifying the best approach, you can customise techniques and overcome the limitations that may have held you back in the past. Finding a revision style that works ultimately teaches you how to use your brain in the best way possible, giving you a primary insight into your natural skills. This will come in handy during your time at college and university. It will also provide the lifelong learning skills you need to prosper throughout your professional career.

Exploring revision methods

In many instances, learning styles tend to correspond with personality types. More creative types may learn better by using visual resources and even drawing their own diagrams, illustrations and infographics. Others learn better by teaching others, using podcasts and audiobooks alongside recitation to remember topics. Whilst these revision styles use more modern means of study, some are more suited to a classic, note taking approach. The Guardian offers some useful advice on using note taking effectively if you find you’re suited to this more traditional revision style:

“Trying to remember something has been shown to have almost no effect on whether you do remember it. The implication for revision is clear: just looking at your notes won’t help you learn them. Instead, you need to reorganise the information in some way – whether by making notes of your notes, thinking about how what you’re reading relates to other material, or practising writing answers. This approach, called “depth of processing”, is the way to ensure material gets lodged in your memory.”

Recent research identified 10 learning techniques, studying the effectiveness of each in detail as well as reporting subsequent achievements made by participants.

What’s your revision style?

The key to finding a revision style that works for you is to simply try each of them and see what sticks. Try note taking, learning things by heart, drawing diagrams and mind maps, explaining to others, accessing audio and video resources, learning by doing, writing essays, and taking tests and mock exams to find the perfect revision style. You may find that more than one method suits your personality. Don’t be afraid to use a combination of different study methods to achieve the best results.

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