• Question: Any tips for revision in the science (and maybe maths) subjects?

    Asked by Kate to Sylvia, Sumit, Martin, Kate, Bryony, Aryanne on 11 Mar 2019.
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      Sumit Konar answered on 11 Mar 2019:

      Very good question. I would like to introduce some daily life sciences in the subjects. You learn science in school and then you must relate science in your daily life; then it will be absolutely fun. There must be more visit to Universities so that you can see how scientists work. You also should be introduced with some apparatus and models. Some very good science apps/youtube videos should be encouraged as well. I am planning to make a website where I will try to keep lots of quiz and games, and video tutorials; and all of you can take part and ask questions to us.

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      Martin McCoustra answered on 11 Mar 2019:

      I would suggest that you don’t try and cram. The most effective way of learning is to take small chunks of knowledge often and repetitively. I never spent more than an hour revising as an undergraduate. However, I started revising at as soon as I returned to university each year. You should also do lots of example problems. The more practice you get at answering examination questions then the easier it gets.

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      Kate McGonagle answered on 11 Mar 2019:

      Try your best to give yourself plenty time – it’s a much nicer and manageable way to revise if you can do a little bit at a time. It’s hard to say because people definitely learn differently so it might take a bit of working out to see what works best for you. Like, just reading stuff does not work for me, I liked to re-write my notes out, I felt like when I was physically writing it out it was more likely to go into my head. When I just read it, it’s like I’m not listening to myself!! I would re-write all the notes and then move onto worked examples going through past papers. I think that’s invaluable and I would highly recommend it. You see the questions that have come up before and get used to what’s expected. Also, even knowing the format means less panic or potential surprises on exam day! Hope that helps 🙂

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      Sylvia Soldatou answered on 12 Mar 2019:

      Don’t let revision until the very last minute! I used to do that and I would get overwhelmed by the amount of notes I had to revise. It’s more effective and productive if you revise small chunks of material at the end of the week or every two weeks,instead of waiting and revise the whole covered material at once. Also, practicing on past exams always helps as you get familiar with the type of questions youmight get asked and you can have a better idea of what to expect at the day of the examination