Summertime is back in the UK, meaning students are starting to feel like they're carrying the weight of the world of their shoulders. The word ‘revision’ is thrown around, but how does one really revise?


The first step to effective revision is finding out what learning style suits you the best.


Visual learners find it easiest to take in information when it can be visualised. Flashcards, mind maps and flow charts tend to work the best for visual learners.


Auditory learners absorb information the best when they hear it. A suggested method for auditory learners is to teach the material they are trying to revise to somebody else. They will be able to remember the conversation and thus, be able to remember the information.


Reading and writing learners find the standard ‘read the textbook and ‘make notes’ approach to be the best way to remember information. Paraphrasing and condensing notes can also increase the amount of material remembered by this type of learner.


Kinesthetic learners may be considered to be the most uncommon. These types of learners like to do physical activity while learning and revising information. Going on a walk or throwing a ball up and down while learning is the most effective way for them to retain material.


From here, it’s a matter of self care. Spacing out revision periods and taking care of yourself isn’t just good for you, but for your revision! There is only a certain amount of revision someone can do without a break before it becomes ineffective - this is usually for an hour and under! Although we hear it time and time again, exercise and nutrition are important for effective revision.


So keep calm and revise (effectively)!