It feels like such a long time since I've posted on here when really it hasn't, I'm probably late in doing this blog post about exams, revision etc but luckily for myself I'm now left with 1 exam out of my 4 left to do. So as you can probably imagine I'm very excited to nearly be finished for the year, it just seems crazy how I've finished my first year of university. If I'm completely honest I didn't think I would make it, but I have! Now it's all down the the results as to whether I have done well enough to continue- keep your fingers crossed please!
To those of you revising for exams coming up I do wish you the very best of luck, the main things to remember during this time is to:
1) Make sure you eat and drink properly!
2) Get a good night sleep!
3) Prepare notes/posters/slideshow etc to make revision easier and seem a lot less hard work (make it colourful too).
4) Don't over do revision, take frequent breaks so the information sticks in your head better!
5) Make sure you can organise time limits on each question, so you don't end up rushing or even not completing the exam- this is really useful to practice too!
6) This isn't as such a tip but just try your best and that's all you can do!
With these tips I managed to get through my exams so for me they work, but obviously for others it may not help. Everyone has their own technique and its good to try different one's out and see what works for you.
Furthermore, the point of me making this post is to recommend a visual revision technique that helped me out to revise specific elements to my exams.
On YouTube, John Green the American author of 'Looking For Alaska' and 'The Fault In Our Stars' and his brother Hank have a channel called 'Crash Course' (which banner is shown above). Here they teach you US History, Chemistry, World History, Biology, Literature, and Ecology.
As I'm a Geography student the World History, Ecology and US History playlists helped me with some aspects of my course. As a big fan of John Green anyway he has a very clever way of teaching, and with the use of fun graphics and jokes it really is a light-hearted form of revision that for me stuck in my head!
Instead of having my head stuck in my text books, looking over slideshow presentations etc I found that this was a fun and easy way of learning key concepts to help with my course. So I thank John Green and the editors, producers, designers etc who made this YouTube Channel, even now I'm even having fun watching the videos that don't have relevance to my course at all!
John and Hank also welcome suggestions as to what else you would like them to talk about in upcoming videos, so even if you don't study these subjects perhaps writing in the comments as to what you would like them to cover they could well give it a go!
Anyhow, to any of you taking exams right now good luck and do the best you can and you'll succeed!