Examination Revision: Whether you are book smart or cheat smart, we all have that one time of the school calendar that brings us together. Examinations
Sitting in the library, staring blankly at your open textbook before gazing out the window at all the people who are enjoying the sunshine. Who can relate?
We have all been there, these moments are the most critical part of our university days, and for many, they find a quick way around it. To some, the only way around it is to revise.
Just so you know, this post is not teaching you how to revise successfully; for that, you must click here.
That said, we bring you the ten stages of examination revision or revision for examination, just pick one!
Stages of Revision
Exams? What are those? You are very convinced that the released time-table is a fake or the announcement on the school website was a fake, or the school would somehow postpone to a later date. You bury your head in the sand and just say, ‘No, No, No… This can’t be happening.
At this stage you’re probably watching episodes of GOT, laughing at ‘The Imp’s ‘ jokes with a niggling feeling of guilt which slowly leads you into the next stage
‘Oh s**T this s**t is real!’ So the date wasn’t moved, the timetables are accurate and the school website wasn’t hacked! At this stage, you realize how much you may have ruined your life so you plan. You buy highlighters in eight different colours, a whole stack of notecards, making a revision plan. Tidying your workspace and organising your pens by colour. I mean you couldn’t possibly think of starting revision without doing this, it would be madness!
You’ve reached that point where you’ve messaged all your friends and you all agree that’s it’s far too early to be getting stressed about exams and you’ve all done equally non-existent amounts of revision.
Except that one person who’s already done notes for each topic and is writing their own mock questions. You all ignore that person who is selfishly pushing up the grade boundaries for the rest of you.
‘Okay, Let’s just get this over with’
Today you’ve woken up and actually starting revising and found that it really isn’t too bad! If you stick to working at this rate you’ll cover everything with plenty of time!
You feel like an exemplary student while you highlight and diligently type away.
The Time Factor
‘Has it really only been five minutes since I started? I’m only on slide 2 of 50?’
‘I’m sorry but there is no way I can finish this Topic, this is too dull, and should be against my human rights’
At this stage, you feel it’s all too much… You want a break! Now seems like the perfect time to check Instagram, yeah?
The Hope Stage
At this stage, you make a sad confession.
“I know my revision hasn’t gone exactly as planned but come on I’ve been to lectures all year. Something must have sunk in?” #Unconsiouslearning
I know more than I think I do for sure. Ultimately, I only need 40% to pass; I definitely know 40% of this class.
Hope’s Not Enough
The funny thing about this stage is that it depends on the surrounding people. If your friends are more like you, then you’d probably not pass this stage. At this stage, you see people who sound well prepared for the exam and you know for sure that ‘It won’t be fine’
“Don’t Panic, do not panic. You got this, just put two and two together”
Okay, exams are exactly one week from now and I’ve only covered half my modules. The new plan, skim read the important bits and skip the extra stuff. I mean most of this is common sense, right? As long as I know the basics, I can wing the rest.
I Can’t Come And Kill Myself
The point of acceptance. Ultimately, it’s the night before the exam. Is panic revising now really going to help me learn anything or will it stress me out even more?
Best to just get a good night’s sleep and let the chips fall as they may.
I Swear, Never Again!
After the exam, you are standing outside the exam room, listening to everyone firing facts at each other, I’m wondering if I could have made better use of my time?
Never again will I do this, I will become a dedicated student who rocks up to every exam with an air of supreme confidence. I’ll whizz through the paper and even leave early because of my incredible preparation. Just please say the questions in the next exam are on the modules I’ve covered!
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