Revision Techniques for Exam SUCCESS

Read below for some of my top revision techniques to help you smash your exams. These techniques worked really well for me during my LLB and the LPC, but that is because I am a HUGE visual learner. I thrive off colour-coding, organised notes and bright colours. Working out what type of learner you are will be hugely beneficial to your own revision!

1. BLURTING

Blurting was something I absolutely swore by during my revision on the LLB and the LPC.

Blurting is the process whereby you read through your notes and materials on a topic, put them away and then write down everything you can remember on the topic. Once you have written down as much as you can think of, you check your notes and then add in the pieces of information you missed in a different colour. On a new piece of paper (or whiteboard to save paper!) you repeat the process again and again until you can recall most of the information without reviewing your notes.

If you have followed me for a while, you will be familiar with my huge whiteboard that I used during revision. This helped me to visually remember and recall information in the exam. I picked up my big whiteboard on Facebook marketplace second hand for about a tenner, but I bought a smaller one that mounted on the wall from Tesco for only £5!

2. COLOUR-CODING

Yes, I am someone who colour-codes everything, and yes – it works! Even my timetable was colour-coded.

Highlight and write statute and case law in a different colour (I used pink). Not only does this help to identify information on a page, but it also helps you to recall the information in the exam.

I separated each different module I had into different coloured folders, and then attempted to keep my revision material (such as revision cards) consistent with the respective colours, eg – Yellow folder for Mergers and Acquisitions, so yellow revision cards, etc. This helped me to not only be organised but also helped with my memory recall in exams.

3. CREATE CHECKLISTS

Unsurprisingly, I colour-coded my checklists. I made one big checklist that listed what I had to do for each module, colour-coded the checklist depending on which module I was referring to and listed out all the individual classes down the side. Along the top, I had headings of things like whether I had printed off relevant materials, completed consolidation, created a condensed page of notes, made revision cards, tabbed my folder and book, etc.

I have saved my checklists to my “LPC Checklists” highlight on my Instagram page.

You can download a blank version of my checklists below.

I wrote these out specifically for the LPC, so feel free to change the headings to what suits you and your studies. You can list your specific lectures/workshop classes down the left hand column. I colour-coded my 3 modules (Employment = Pink, Mergers and Acquisitions = Yellow, Intellectual Property = Grey).

Checklists help to keep track of your revision and what you have completed, but also motivate you to get it all done and keep organised. At the end of the day, there is nothing more satisfying than lots of ticks!

I also made a checklist for each separate module on the LPC listing all learning outcomes (found at the beginning of the workshop bundles). I could then go through and tick off the ones I was able to do, and do extra revision on the ones I could not do.

You can download a blank version of my Learning Outcomes Checklist below.

4. CONDESNED PAGE OF NOTES

I created a condensed page of notes in the form of a table for each workshop I had during the LPC. This is especially helpful as LPC exams at ULaw are open book, and it means you not only have covered all the content for your revision but helps you to locate relevant information quicker. I usually tried to condense these notes into 2/3 pages maximum.

Check out my Instagram post here that shows you an example of my condensed page of notes.

5. REVISION CARDS

You don’t need to write lots down on the revision cards. Instead, you could write some key points, cases and legislation.

Colour-coding really helps me. So, I would associate a different coloured revision card to each different module I was studying. This helps with recall during exams and helps to retain information.

I often bought my revision cards from Paperchase, specifically the “Revision cards x40 with Dividers and Stickers” which are linked in the blog post “10 stationary essentials you need”, click the link to check it out.

Revision cards are super handy for on-the-go revision. During my revision I would take walks and take my revision cards with me. This way, I was getting fresh air and also wasn’t missing any important revision time!

6. CREATE A TIMETABLE

I made this timetable a couple of months before my exams. This way, I knew how much time I had until the exam dates and how many classes and topics I had to go over until my exam day. I therefore timetabled myself to cover around 3 classes per day. My timetable also listed things for myself to do that weren’t study related, such as exercise. This helped to structure my days better.

Again, my timetable was colour-coded in accordance with the colours I had associated to that module. I’m a visual learner so this worked well for me.

Check out my Instagram post here I shared last May that shows you an example of my timetable.

7. POMODORO TECHNIQUE

Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato. The Pomodoro Technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo as a university student, when he used a tomato timer to measure his 25-minute sessions. These intervals became known as Pomodoros and the technique became its namesake. It is a revision and concentration technique whereby you:

  • Study/Work for 25 minutes with no distractions
  • Take a 5 minute break
  • Repeat x4
  • Take a longer break (20-30 mins)

This is a great technique that can help you to maximise your productivity. The idea behind the technique is that the time limit instils a sense of urgency, and pushes you to complete as much as you can in 25 minutes, rather than feeling like you have endless time in the workday to get things done.

Thanks for reading! And good luck with your revision and exams. You’ve got this.

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