You know the feeling when someone says they’ve been revising for so many hours and you feel a rush of panic because you did a lot less? Well, maybe you were just more productive. Here’s how:
Did you use a method called Retrieval Practice? This is basically answering questions. You can use past papers, questions from revision guides or multiple choice questions found on the internet. By having to recall specific details of what you have learned, it becomes more cemented in the mind.
Spacing is simply leaving ‘space’ between the revision periods. It’s little and often, with enough time to basically forget the material from one session to the next. But all is not forgotten and once the memory is triggered, it should come back to the forefront of your mind and be reinforced.
Interleaving (or rather than learning in blocks) is another good way to make the most of your time. It’s pretty much a fancy name for mixing up topics or switching between ideas. When you interleave, your mind can see what is similar between two or more topics, what is different and how/if the topics are linked.
Take Geography for instance: you could list a range of different responses to natural disasters in a table, by looking at a bunch of case studies from across the globe. The similarities and differences immediately come to mind and you start to file it away in your brain. You get the picture.