Hey everyone! Welcome back to another blog! I hope everyone is going well with their revision and enjoying the easing of restrictions as best as possible. We are in touching distance of the final exam now, how exciting is that? I am sure everyone is working really hard and getting ready for the upcoming weeks. Last week, we went through how to effectively go through exams, which in my opinion is the last phase of revision and what I imagine a lot of you are completing right now. As such, I thought that this week I would change up the blog and give you my top ten tips in regard to Chemistry revision at this point in time! I hope this will be beneficial and give you some reminders of things that you can be doing to get yourself prepared for the Chemistry exam. The tips will be quite varied and target different things, but I wanted to keep it simple by putting forward 10 specific things.
Let’s get right into it!
Ash’s Top 10 Tips for Revision
1. Schedule breaks and take some time off during study
As I have reiterated right throughout my blog posts, it is essential that you take some time off during this busy period. Studying all day every day is not going to result in optimum performance and keeping a happy and healthy mindset is vital! I highly recommend getting outside, even if it is to just go for a walk. Getting some fresh air and some sun will always do wonders!
2. Get into a good sleeping pattern!
At this time of the year it is very easy to mess up your sleep schedule and sleep really late! This is completely fine in general terms; however, coming into exams getting into a routine would be great! All of your exams will be during the day, so being ready to complete an exam at 9am in the morning is a good habit to develop. See my earlier blogs to get some tips on doing scheduled practice exams.
3. Check over the chemistry study design
As you are probably well aware by now there are some changes that have been made to the study design for this year. I really encourage you to have a look at these changes again and ensure that you are hitting every component that could be tested. I have had to refer to it multiple times as I cannot remember which particular things have been removed so refreshing yourself is never a bad thing! I would suggest printing out a copy and having it with all of your chemistry material, so it is at the forefront of your mind.
4. Do VCAA practice exams!
Ensure that you are completing some VCAA exams, especially the ones from the last few years. Keeping the more recent ones till close to the exam is great, but we have now reached that point! These exams are going to be the most similar to the actual exam, so it is important for you to go through them thoroughly!
5. Revise material on fuels
Fuels tends to be involved with a lot of different questions and applies to various areas of study. Ensure that you are making the connections between fuels and other topics. I think now is a good time to give the topic a good look through!
6. Complete multiple-choice questions
Multiple choice questions are hard in chemistry and require quite a bit of thinking. Make sure that you are completing a sufficient amount of multiple-choice questions!
7. Get someone else to mark one of your practice exams
Try and get one of your teachers or friends to mark one of your exams. It is hard to know whether or not you are marking yourself too harshly or too leniently, so getting someone else’s opinion is great!
8. Complete a revision session with friends
I found revising chemistry with friends one of the most effective forms of study. Try completing a practice exam in exam conditions together and then mark each other’s paper!
9. Have a look over your data book
Your data book is your best friend in the exam. Make sure you know the content in the data book inside out!
10. Have fun!
Revision can get boring at the best of times so try and incorporate some fun into revision. I used to create mini contests with my friends to see who could get the most questions done within an hour and it led to some friendly competition and was good fun!
That’s all from me for this week! I thought a simpler blog post would be of most benefit for everyone this week. Make sure to assign a mindset for the week and work hard. There is not long to go now! I will see you all next week for the final blog!