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1 Making the Most of Revision and Exams RVC Counselling ServiceMaking the Most of Revision and ExamsTips and techniques for surviving
2 Why Do I need a Timetable and Why Do they Never Work? Be Realistic! Work with how you are, not how you’d like to be!Are You a Lark or an Owl? Do you work best early or late in the day?How Good is Your Concentration? Do you work best in 30 minute stints (for eg) or 3-4 hr blocks?Be Realistic! Work with your strengths and weaknessesTake Breaks! Otherwise your brain will take one for you and just ‘switch off’!Reward Yourself! Revising is often boring, tedious and a bit of a slog. Keep yourself motivated by ‘mini’ treats eg cups of tea, snacks, 30 mins of TV/gamingHave a Life! Keeping some work-life balance in mind will mean you return to your studies refreshed and less resentful. A night out /day off during revision time can work wonders.
3 Making a Revision Timetable: Part I Print out the Revision Plan from slide 5 of this presentation. Ideally, fill out one for each week for 3-4 weeks before exams.Write in ……………..Dates from now until your last examExam dates /times/lengthAny time allocated to lectures, seminars, tutorials, placementsOther standing commitments e.g. employment, chores (shopping/cooking)Relaxation time – as a guide, a 2-3 hr block each day plus one whole evening/afternoon midweek and at weekend
4 Making a Revision Timetable: Part II For each module you need to revise, divide up into sub-topics.Allocate time needed to revise depending on whether topic is easy/hard, big/smallWork out total number of study blocks availableAllocate revision topics into study blocksTry to allow a ‘free time block’ for catching up/unforeseen problemsA common mistake is overfilling your timetable , and getting disheartened – Be Realistic!!!
6 Where Do I Begin??? You cannot learn everything Be Selective Make Educated GuessesLook at Course OutlineLook at Past ExamsAsk LecturersStudy and Summarize Lecture NotesUse Note CardsDo Practice Exams
7 How Do I Learn?Active Study: Look, Listen, Write. Break your notes up using underlining, highlighters, boxes around etcConcise Notes - reduce your lecture notes to memorisable key words and phrasesUse Your Own Words to describe concepts/theories etcTest Yourself – write your own ‘mini’ questionsMake Prompts – use spider diagrams, mnemonics, rhymes
8 Do you work best alone or with others? When trying to decide, think through…..What helps you concentrate the best?When do you feel more or less anxious (alone or with friends?)If you want to work with friend(s) be clear together aims of each sessionBe clear about what is right for you
9 How to use past exam papers Find out if there are any available. If not, ask your tutor for advice.Make a note of commonly occurring questions/topics from the last 3 years (and revise well!)Use for ‘mock’ exams, and timing/testing yourselfBecoming already familiar with the ‘look’ and ‘style’ of the exam you will be taking will help reduce your anxiety on the exam day
10 Reassure Yourself Check and Double Check your Timetable Check the Length of the ExamCheck the Pattern of the Exam – multiple choice/ essay/short answer/mixedFind the Room – be aware that this can change, so keep checking and be prepared for this possibilityVisualize yourself in the Room
11 The Night Before…Part 1Prepare your Materials: You don’t want a last minute panic in the morning!Double-check requirements: do you need a calculator? Student ID? What else?Pack everything you will need: extra pens, pencils, highlighter, approved calculatorReview:Review notes on basic concepts, formulae, basic principlesReview revision notesDon’t Study Anything NewLooking at new things makes you worry abut what you don’t know instead of building up your confidence about what you do know!Studying new things the night before leads to panic!
12 The Night Before…Part II Don’t discuss the exam with friends! They are bound to have revised something you haven’t, or set off your anxiety with their own!Treat Yourself and Look After Yourself! Avoid stressful situations, people or conversations. Do something that makes you feel goodTry to get a good nights sleep! A warm bath, relaxing music, reading through notes one last time can all help. Do not worry if you can’t sleep – allow yourself some ‘snooze time’ post exam to catch up.
13 The Big Day Arrive On Time Listen to the Invigilator’s Instructions Give yourself plenty of time to get there: you don’t want to arrive in a panic.Don’t arrive too early: Exam panic is contagious!Listen to the Invigilator’s InstructionsRead the Whole Paper Carefully: Be aware...How many questions do you have to answer, and in what sections?How many credits each question is worthIf there is a choice, decide which questions you are going to answer, and in what orderMake an Action Plan and allocate start and end time for each question
14 Take A Deep Breath and Begin Make A Plan for Each Question. Allow your mind to freely associate around the question. Jot down hard-to remember key ideas, concepts, theories, formulae etc.Keep Checking Back to See Whether You are Answering the QuestionBe simple, direct and to the point: you only get points for answering the question, no matter how much else you knowWatch your time: DO NOT GO OVER allotted time for each questionLeave a Space Between Questions …You can always go back and add thingsMAKE SURE THAT YOU ANSWER THE QUESTION! What is it actually asking you to do…..?Make it Readable: Skip lines if your handwriting is hard to readStop writing as soon as you are told, otherwise the invigilator will log this
15 What If I Go Blank????Brainstorm Jot down any ideas that come to you or move onto another question if you are stuckThink yourself into a Calm PlaceTake Deep BreathsAvoid Negative ThoughtsDon’t Look Around! You will be sitting next to someone who is writing furiously!!!Remind yourself that you do have the information there, it just needs to be found
16 After The Exam Don’t Discuss the paper Reward yourself! Have a Break You can never be sure of the right answersIts too late to do anything about itYou need to keep yourself thinking positivePanic is as infectious after the exam as before and is as bad for you!Reward yourself!You deserve it! Exams are difficult and stressfulHave a BreakYou need a short break even if you have an exam the next day (or even the same day ) just to clear your mind for the next thingHooray – you did it!!!!!
17 Some more study skills tips for BVetMed3 students Vicki Dale, Learning Support Officer
18 Veterinary clinical resources Mosby review booksIn Practice quizzesRevise notes from DLsWrite your own EMQsComputer-aided learninge-casesQM perception quizzesVet learning resourcesWikiVet
22 Test yourselfPlace post-it notes around the house with a single concept/disease/treatment on each one ...Each time you walk past, ask yourself:What do you know?What do you need to clarify?Change the post-its on a weekly basisAsk your friends/family to test youAsk yourself, making use of dictaphone
23 Make the most of EMS EMS will allow you to put theory into practice Identify misunderstandings or gaps in your knowledge in advance of EMSOffer to do as much as you canAsk lots of questions
24 Make connectionsMake use of BlackBoard:Inspiration mind-mapping software
27 Be creative e.g. suture materials e.g. drugs e.g. jurisprudence Affix samples to your notesCreate flashcards with diagrams and photo on one side and information on the otherUse the clinical skills centree.g. drugsMake flashcards with (photos of) drug boxesMake up virtual casese.g. jurisprudenceScan/copy articles from the Vet Record or keep a copy of RCVS s on vets being struck off
28 Other sources of help Your tutors RVC student support and counselling servicesVetLife (NightLine (and each other!