One shoe never fits all. Actually, revision technique is a highly individualized process. Everybody revises and rehearses in their academic life, but if you will ask about the ways to revise, different students will tell about the different ways they follow to revise.
The difference in the revision ways comes due to:
1. different understanding level and knowledge of the students.
2. difference in the ability to handle the stress of the exam and revision.
3. difference in the psychological and life setups of the individuals.
4. difference in the preference of the revision technique.
Irrespective of whatever be the reason for the practice of different revision techniques, the students revise the content especially before the exams. Some students get confused about the ways to be used to revise.
Effective revision strategies
I cannot advise any individual way to follow, but I can delineate some of the fine ways to revise your content.
Set your study Time-table:
Divide your revision task into different stages. Some revision tasks require more time than others due to their level of difficulty or understanding ability of the student. So while preparing the revision plan, decide the revision sessions time and topic in advance. As you know, there are many ways of deciding the timetable, choose the one that meet your pace and needs best.
Included Memory techniques:
When revising, try to link the whole course content with some images or experiences. This is to say that you should use some mnemonic devices like associations, narratives, places, colors, mind maps, diagrams etc. This makes the revision interesting and lets you feel that you are not going to forget the revised content for long. This helps build the confidence.
Go for distributed practice:
Distributed practice is a technique of learning and revision, whereby a student distributes her/his study efforts over many study sessions of a short duration instead of a single long session. This is a tried and tested technique. Distributed practice promote meaningful learning, while massed practice promotes rote learning. This practice provides long-term benefits.
This is a way of revision that I used when I was a high school student. In this method, after learning and revising a topic, a student tries to explain the whole topic in his/her own words. This helps in the self-evaluation. If you feel that you need an audience for explaining, you are wrong. You have to explain the topic to yourself in writing or in understanding. This helps to discover about which aspects you understood well and which aspects you need to work more on.
Group Learning and Revision:
Some people learn more quickly when they are in study group. For such students, it is best to revise the topic in group. If you feel uncomfortable when you are face-to-face, you can use electronic medium for the same.
There are various ways to revise a topic in group:
(a) Each member in the group give a short talk about the topic.
(b) Talk about the topic after learning. Talk about what you didn’t understand.
(c ) Swap the mnemonics in the group.
(d) Help others with the topic. Helping others will help in your own revision of the topic.
The above-discussed ways are the best ways to start the revision practice. As said above, though the revision work is a highly individualized process, the techniques of revision if used collectively can enhance the individual learning and revision experience to great heights. Try them in your academic life to get the best results.