Successful results are related to good preliminary preparation, which is based on revision of what has been learned, read and done during the course. An effective revision strategy is a very important study skill and may include the following:
Prioritising what to revise - what is the task in hand?
Planning revision - starting as early as possible; drawing up a revision time-table; drawing up a priority organiser; making a time circle and using spare moments for revision
Revision on notes - review your own notes and summaries; rewrite notes, index cards, new essay plans, memory triggers, etc.
Making sense of exam papers (where applicable) - use examples from past exams, identify types of questions frequently used
Selecting the questions - identify the topics you are most familiar with; identify the revision topics and level of details which are likely to occur under exam/assessment conditions
Setting about answering the question - share revision with other people where possible; ask teacher/tutor or other experts/specialists for help; rewrite notes, index cards, new essay plans, memory triggers, etc use different methods for revision e.g. mind maps, record answers on tape-recorder, posters, etc.
Dealing with stress - positive calm and focused state of mind - work on motivation and attitudes towards study; use relaxation exercises if needed