Discover your revision personality typeby Katherine Hanrahan
Are you a Wordsmith, a Socialite, or a Crammer? Discover your revision personality type and what it says about you.
We all know that revision is essential for exam prep, but how do you actually do it? What revision methods do you use? Even though you and your friends might be revising the exact same topics, you might notice that their study styles differ from yours.
Joanne, one of our Medical students, lets us in on the five revision personality types and what they mean for you.
Wordsmiths might be found wandering around school or campus, often thinking to themselves, “Why bother lugging a laptop around when the trusty inventions of pen and paper still exist?
Call it old-fashioned, but the classic method of handwriting your notes has its merits. Some research suggests that the process of writing by hand strengthens memory and learning more than typing up electronic notes. Besides, there’s something quite satisfying about condensing a 60-slide PowerPoint presentation into two sides of A4!
Turning revision into a social occasion is the main skill of this revision type.
Instead of reading or writing, they would much rather talk through the topics with other people instead, and maybe get a little side-tracked and start discussing what you did at the weekend and that funny thing that happened yesterday and what you’re having for dinner – but anyway! Group revision does have its benefits, because two brains are better than one.
If you’re emotionally attached to your set of coloured pens, pencils, or fancy gel pens - this is probably you.
Visual learning is your thing. Posters, diagrams, mind-maps, sketches – the possibilities are endless. After all, if your revision notes look beautiful, you’re more likely to actually want to revise from them, right?
Believe it or not, but there seem to be some mystical creatures among us who can learn everything purely by reading over lecture slides or textbooks. They never seem to takes notes or even pick up a pen.
I don’t know how it stays in your brain, but I do know that if you’re one of these people, I’m extremely jealous of you.
“But I NEED a computer to revise!” The wonders of modern technology make revision that little bit easier for this revision personality type. If it was possible to revise in virtual reality while typing up notes at the same time – they’d do it.
I personally find typing much faster than handwriting notes, and copy and pasting diagrams instead of drawing them has definitely saved many hours of my life. Also, there are lots of websites and apps available to help with learning and revision nowadays. Just try not to get distracted by Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and cat videos while you’re using them.
Hands up everyone who’s stayed up until at least 2am on the day of an exam, desperately attempting to force as much information into your brain as possible, while hating yourself for not starting revision earlier?
Although last-minute revision might get you a decent mark, chances are you won’t remember much of it in a week’s time. This risky technique isn’t helpful in the long-run, so it’s best to kick the habit. Easier said than done, I know!
Published By Katherine Hanrahan on 28/01/2020 | Last Updated 17/03/2023