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Exam Revision and Techniques

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5 things you need to know ...

Exam revision involves refreshing your memory and finding memory strategies that work effectively for you.

  1. Think about how you have revised in the past.  An active approach is usually more successful than a passive one and involves using and manipulating the material you are learning.   A passive approach just involves reading through notes or copying information
  2. Assess how well your past approaches to revision have worked   
  3. Assess your learning style, as this will indicate the sort of strategies you would prefer.  Our ‘Learning Styles’ factsheet as this will help you to do this
  4. Choose some new strategies to try from the list in the ‘Exam Revision and Techniques’ factsheet
  5. Decide which works best for you and plan your revision

Exam technique is about ensuring you use your time efficiently when in the exam and this will require some pre exam planning.

  1. Follow the exam instructions
  2. Answer the question set and manipulate the information you have revised to do this
  3. Practice writing to the timing you have allocated for each question
  4. Make sure you include the names of subject experts, theories, models etc.
  5. Check that you understand the vocabulary used in the exam questions and make sure your writing makes sense to a reader

Need to know more...

We have produced resources to help you to develop your skills in this area.  You will find a factsheet on this topic below, plus others you may find useful.  See also the Online and Books tabs above.  

Related factsheets

University of Bradford (2017) Exam success. Available at: https://www.bradford.ac.uk/academic-skills/writing/study/effective-learning/exam/.  (Accessed: 05 September 2017)

There are many books in the library about this subject . Look around Dewey number 371.30281

Need more advice?

You can also discuss your development of this skill with a member of the Academic Skills Team.

Make an appointment for an online discussion or email support  by using our online booking form.

Personalising your device and using assistive tools

There are many assistive technology tools which can help you choose how you want to access material and these can really improve your productivity.

The University has made some applications available on the student PCs within the library and IT Centres; others are free for you to download and use on your own devices (phone, tablet, laptop or computer) .  Find out more on our personalising standard software guide and our assistive tools and software guide.