Depending on what school or university you are at, you will have around 3 to 5 weeks of vacation, a perfect amount of time to gorge on Easter eggs! This vacation however is also the time when thoughts about revision for summer exams come creeping into the back of our heads. Throughout my time at school and at university, every time the Easter holidays came around I found it difficult to motivate myself to start exam preparation, and how to actually start revising. Psychology exams can seem very daunting, considering all of the names and dates of studies you have to learn, all of the topics on which you might have to write an essay, and all of the number crunching for the statistics exams! Nevertheless, if you plan your time well and build up your work slowly, you will return in the Summer term feeling prepared and assured, both about what you already know, and about what you need to do in the run up to the exams.
Planning is key
You know that you are going to want to spend some time over the Easter break catching up on sleep, spending time with friends and family, and generally chilling out, therefore it really is essential that you plan your time at the beginning of the vacation, to make sure that you have enough time to both enjoy the break and make a good stab at revision. It is very useful to spend some time looking through all of your notes and folders, to give yourself an idea as to how much there is to learn for the exams, and how much material you would like to look over during the vacation. With this in mind, you can plan to achieve a good amount of revision, as well as making time to rest and relax.
Make achievable goals
It is very easy at the beginning of the Easter vacation to plan to cover all of the material and make extensive notes on everything, however this rarely actually happens, which often leads to you beating yourself up! Although Easter might seem close to the exam period, it is actually still quite far away; therefore setting realistic targets is crucial, so that you return in the Summer term feeling prepared but also refreshed.
Easter preparation is not about becoming the finished article
I remember numerous occasions in Psychology lectures when I either had absolutely no idea what was going on, or when I planned to do the supplementary reading, and never actually got around to doing it. The Easter break is a great time to catch up, both to ensure that you understand all of the lecture material, and to read around each topic so that you have some good extra knowledge and criticisms for essays. Although you may not know the material off by heart at this stage, it will put you in great stead for revision closer to the exams, as you will have notes on exactly what you need to know for the exams, from which you can then memorise. It is tempting to start looking at past exam papers, however it is probably slightly too early to be doing this over the Easter break, particularly if you haven’t covered enough material to answer an exam question fully. I found it best to save these for closer to the exam, as they are great practice once you have revised all the material and want to focus on exam technique.
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Sharing is caring!
I don’t think I could have got through my degree without sharing essays and notes with my Psychology friends. Throughout the year we had we had all written essays and presentations on different topics, so sharing all of our work was a great way of gauging what information was important for answering essays on different topics, and what papers were important to read for revision. It can also save you a lot of reading time!
Good luck and enjoy your break!
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