Revision Advice and Tips

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As an AS Law student, you have to learn a lot about English law. But that's not all. You must also sit an exam, an exam that involves recalling and applying what you have learnt, under strict time limits.

To help you to do that, here are three words of advice.

Firstly, plan.

Prepare a written revision plan, showing every day between now and the exam. Mark on it the days on which you are going to revise and the days on which you are going to rest. For each revision day, write down the times when you are going to revise and what topic you are going to be revising. Allow for the time you spend revising to increase as the exam gets closer, but still schedule-in plenty of breaks. Allow yourself a complete break from revision during the last twenty-four hours before the exam. That way, when you enter the exam room, you will not be too tired.

Three tips about revision planning. Firstly, be realistic. There is no point scheduling an amount of revision which you know you cannot do. Secondly, don't be afraid to amend your plan as you go along, in response to unforeseen events. Finally, tell your family and friends about your plan, so that they can support and encourage you in carrying it out.

My second word of advice is prioritise.

There is no way you can remember the entire syllabus. Nor do you need to in order to do well in the exam. The secret is to identify which are the most important parts of the syllabus and to concentrate on mastering them.

To identify the most important parts you should get hold of the latest half-dozen or so exam papers. Study them carefully to see which questions have cropped up most often. Make a separate list of these questions, grouped under the syllabus's main topic headings. Against each question write how much time candidates were allowed to answer it. Then, using whatever resources you have to hand, write the best possible answer you can to as many of these questions as possible. Take as long as you like writing these answers, but make sure that the word count of each does not exceed what you can write in the time allowed.

Once you have prepared answers to your chosen questions, go through them with a highlighter pen marking the key points. Then memorise those key points. You may find it helpful to transcribe the key points onto flash cards to help you to do this.

My third and final word of advice is practise.

As the exam gets closer, try to spend some of your revision time practising writing answers to recent past exam questions, under timed conditions. This will help you in a number of ways. Firstly, it will teach you how long it takes you to get the material down on paper, and thus prevent you running out of time in the exam. Secondly, by getting you used to exam conditions it will make the exam less stressful for you and you will perform better. And finally, because you are having to recall the information you have learnt, it will help you remember it.

So, there are my three words of advice - plan, prioritise and practise. I hope you find them useful. I wish you good luck in the exam.