With exam season just around the corner, the news team thought it might be a good idea to come up with a list of revision tips to help you get started with that all-important, end-of-year cramming. So without further ado, here’s our top five tips to get you inspired and motivated ahead of the upcoming exams:
- Try to avoid taking on too much in the run-up to the exam season. Perhaps see if you can cut back on non-essential commitments and maybe ask friends or family for an extra hand with those you can’t postpone until after the exams.
- Make a (realistic) study timetable. Make sure you leave enough time for breaks and some free time and socialising too! Plan out your study time in advance so that you don’t end up focussing too much on one area of law but doing virtually no study in another.
- Find a method that works for you. We all have different styles of learning (there’s been quite a fair bit of discussion about auditory, visual and tactile learning styles) so you may need to experiment with different techniques to find out what’s most effective for you. In the meantime, here’s a couple of ideas to get you started:
- Flashcards: Put the name of a case on one side and the facts on the other.
- A whiteboard or sheets of A3 paper: Use to write up key notes or to draw pictures to help you remember key case details.
- Mind maps: Brainstorm concepts and cases, great for preparing essay questions.
Whatever techniques you choose, aim to breakdown your notes into bitesize chunks (ideally to the equivalent of just a few sheets of A4 paper!)
- Experiment with technology.
- YouTube can be a great revision aid if you can avoid the trap of getting sidelined by cat clips in the process! The Open University’s OpenLearn law series, for instance, has a series of memorable videos to help you outline cases. Check out the following videos for the tort cases Donoghue v Stevenson and Monroe v Hopkins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evDCHCMRAtc; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3IjIAkM7i4
- Memorise – an online flashcard system that is often used for language learning – can also be adapted to the law to help you remember key legal terms. Try it for yourself here: https://www.memrise.com/
- Look to others for inspiration. You could set up a study group with other students for some extra support. Why not try posting on one of the OU forums to find other students near you? Setting up a distance study group could also be a good alternative. Failing that, you could also go back to YouTube and check out some of the “study tubers” such as UnJaded Jade, Eve Bennett or even fellow legal eagle Eve Cornwell for some extra inspiration and revision hints. You might find it helpful – or at least a relief – to watch other students taking exams this summer. At least you’ll know that there are others out there in exactly the same boat as you…
Whatever techniques you decide to use, we wish you all the best with your revision and exams!
Written By: Karen Evans
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