The art of making exam revision notes
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.