1.Give yourself enough time to study
Whilst it is tempting to binge watch that new Netflix drama to ride out the quarantine – do not leave your revision to the last minute. To help sort out your time management set up a timetable for your study. Write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organize your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with. Try not to spend more than 15 minutes on devising your plan. Once you have created your revision timetable – stick to it!
2.Take regular Breaks
Studying for 10 hours straight might work for some, but not for the majority of us. Everyone's different, so develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Or, if you are more productive at nighttime, take a larger break earlier on so you're ready to settle down come evening.
Try not to feel guilty about being out enjoying the sunshine instead of hunched over your textbooks. Remember Vitamin D is important for a healthy brain.
3.Build revision notes
You should start making your revision notes from your lecture notes and essential reading text books. When preparing, it is good practice to build up your notes with additional reading from textbooks and journal articles. This will help show the examiner that you have done extra research beyond the required content. Your lecturers will have given you a list of extra reading in tutorials.
When it comes to case law, you should just summarise them in your revision notes. You only need the brief facts and the legal principle developed in that case (the ratio descidendi).
The layering Technique:
For building your revision notes, we recommend that you use the layering technique. Start by writing out the key facts and key/leading cases that are relevant to a particular topic – this will act as a foundation to your knowledge. You can use a revision guide or your lecture notes to help you.
Once you have established the basic outline of the topic and you understand the key points you can gradually begin to add more information from your text book, journals, other cases and articles.
Although this technique does take time, it is particularly effective if before an exam you get nervous or panic because you will always remember the foundation layer of your knowledge.
4.Practice past papers
Revision notes done? Now, one of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice past exam questions and studying examiners reports. Whether the questions are multiple choice, problem questions or essay questions, you should practice in order to get used to applying your knowledge to exam style questions.This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and - if you time yourself – it can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section.
Print loads of exam past papers, to be scribbled on and annotated and essay-planned on. Working on paper, rather than from screens, is better in lots of ways. For one thing, it is what you will be doing in the actual exam. And for another thing, without any screens in your working space, you will not be tempted by what is going on the internet.
When practicing writing essay or problem based questions spend 15 minutes planning your answer and researching what you will write. Summarize what you would say in each part of your essay. You can then use these essays to revise and think about how you could improve them in the exam.
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