Posted by: Fatima Sabir4 APR 2011
Have you ever looked at a list of topics for a module and thought ‘crikey, how am I going to learn all this?’ Every student feels the crunch during exam time and doing a demanding degree such as Pharmacy can multiply stress levels excessively...Before you know it, you’re reaching system overload.
First thing to do?
Rewind for a minute and think: ‘how can I avoid the plunge down panic valley?’ In my opinion, like every dilemma, there are two options: You can either take the easy road and close your module handbook and leave the revision to week 12, or you can take the road that may seem long and difficultat first, but in the long run is easier and avoids all the sleepless nights consisting of ‘hardcore cramming’.
The first step is to highlight all major topics. This would be relative to the number of lectures delivered to cover the particular topic. Personally, I like to put a red star next to the topic but that’s probably because women are predisposed to making things look pretty.
The next step would be to recognise the relatively big topics (yellow star) and lastly the smaller ones (green star) that can be learnt in a smaller time frame. If you’re aiming for the Holy Grail a 1:1, you want excellent comprehension on all three types, if you want a 2:1 you need to be competent at the red and yellow and have fairly sound knowledge with the green.
Now the technique isn’t fool proof at all, because to be a good pharmacist you need to have an overall understanding of the learning material given, but as the saying goes:
‘fail to plan, plan to fail’.
A student should be able to make the best of each situation given the problems that may arise prior to exams, so if you’re in a complete mess a week before exams it would be wise to study the green topics and work your way up.
This 5 minute tip is a good starting point; it puts revision into perspective and we all know that starting revision is the hardest part- once you’ve got the momentum its all plain sailing...well kind of anyway. Seeing how many big topics you have, can be the right thing to kick-start your revision...
So what are you waiting for? Get those highlighters out and reach your potential!