The art of mak­ing exam re­vi­sion notes

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION - By eLLeN WhYTe

WHEN you’re at the end of the se­mes­ter, re­vi­sion be­comes a lot eas­ier when you have good exam notes. Here are a few tips to help you de­velop a killer set.

The eye reads long sen­tences but the mind doesn’t re­mem­ber them very well. Keep your notes as con­cise as pos­si­ble: think Post- It note. If you’re writ­ing in a Word doc­u­ment, make lit­tle boxes or just use half the page.

1. Box it up.

Re­vi­sion is about tak­ing an ocean of a sub­ject, un­der­stand­ing it, and then con­dens­ing it into a beau­ti­ful re­duced thick sauce. Read, un­der­stand and then sum­marise to a few pithy sen­tences or facts.

2. Bul­lets hit home.

3. Num­ber the bul­let notes.

If you know you have five things to re­mem­ber about work­ing with de­men­tia, and three things to re­mem­ber about the in­va­sion of Per­sia, you’ll find it eas­ier to man­age your mem­ory – es­pe­cially when it comes to know­ing if you got all the points.

If you’ve six things to re­mem­ber about ethics, say, au­ton­omy, non­malef­i­cence, benef­i­cence, jus­tice, fi­delity and ve­rac­ity, put the first let­ter in bold so you get an­bjfv, you can make an acro­nym of it – All Naughty Boys Jus­tify Feisty Vir­gins.

4. Acronyms work.

Even short exam notes have bits that are more im­por­tant than oth­ers, so use bold and splashes of colour to un­der­line the im­por­tant stuff. This should be no more than 10% of the whole, oth­er­wise the mind be­comes too con­fused by the mass of colour.

5. Use bold and colour.

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