Last Minute Preparations: Effective Revision Techniques

Success has transcended from being a rare aspect to a common sight and one must walk the extra mile to be noticed in today’s time. Here we have a few expert pointers on how one should brace himself before the examination to actually perform his best and leave no room for doubt…

Created On: Feb 8, 2013 18:11 IST
Modified On: Feb 12, 2013 18:16 IST

As days come closer to the examination, students device smart techniques to revise efficiently in the examination. One must remember that revision is extremely important if one wants to have access to great opportunities. Revision not only helps us in understanding our progress so far but also allows us to build up confidence during the time of our examinations.

There are several techniques that can be applied. However, here we discuss a few expert tips on how to revise and sum up to the days before the examination.


During the time of preparations the digital world can pose as a threat to one’s concentration. Today the internet can easily shift us from our concentration. Hence it is always advisable to stay away from your desktops and all access to the internet. Students are always advised to study in a room which is free of gadgets and mobile phones should be switched off or on silent during the time of preparation. This is an extremely important step to maintain focus and to keep your concentration from wandering off

Know Your Limits

Often due to the limited available time and vast syllabuses we come under a lot of pressure which gets the better of us and we lose our sense of rationality. We then tend to quickly rush through vast amount of syllabuses without retaining anything in our head. This should be at all times avoided. One must remember that if there is limited time, he should switch to intelligent studying and study the most important parts of a subject first. Covering an entire syllabus from scratch at the last moment can lead to disastrous results.

Sketch A Schedule:

Mapping a schedule will simply help you to keep track of the hours that fly by. One should allocate time to necessities like having food, time for relaxing, and should always allocate hours to studying followed by quick breaks, this way the brain does not get fatigued and one can learn for longer duration of time.


This is perhaps the oldest trick in the book of ‘How To Succeed’. Irrespective of the time one must always learn to start with the important portions first as this way he will be able to cover up majority of the questions asked. There is a very similar outline to every examination paper where majority of the questions asked are from the important parts of the text and little weightage is given to diversified portions. Hence one should resort to studying important questions.

Study In Small Portions

Here again we talk about classification. Often times when we see the entire subject as a whole, we tend to get agitated due to the vastness of the syllabus. This agitation does not allow us to give in our cent percent to our preparations, due to fear. Hence it is always advisable to classify your portion as this would help us mentally to get a boost since when we classify our portions the vastness of the syllabus is reduced.

Memory Aids

During the last minute revision it is not possible to run through notes and texts. It is then we should take the help of memory aids. Memory aids can be defined as quick short techniques to remember large portions of the syllabus, within minutes. For example

Flash cards: Small strips of paper which only has the important points mentioned, it acts as a great brain fresher and allows one quickly revise large portions of the syllabus within minutes. One can make flash cards while going through the syllabus and return to it during the time of revision. However flash cards should be strictly avoided within the examination hall.

Practice MNEMONICS: is the abbreviation for Make Names Easily Memorable by Organising Nominated Initial Characters. And as the name suggests students simply pick up the first letters of the words and make a sentence they can remember. This way they can remember confusing terms in a more simplified manner.

Past Papers:

It is always advisable to get hold of past papers and learn the pattern. One can understand the pattern through which past papers have been set. They can get a clear idea on what to expect during the time of the examinations. Solving past papers as revision can also be a good exercise to get the hang of the examination fever.

Be Ready

Though we have all appeared for several examinations and all the rules seem to be alike. However it is always advisable to check the do’s and don’ts of a particular examination hall. It is always advised to carry extra stationary and clear your pockets of any matter relevant to the exam paper. It is advisable to reach the venue on time, and even a little early is better. Such small preparations can boost your confidence to amazing levels and avoid unnecessary tension.

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One must be dedicated to himself to perform well in the examinations. Following a set of guidelines is not as easy as it may look. It requires a lot of dedication and commitment for the results to actually show.

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