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Revision and examinations
Revision and examinations

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3.2 Stage 2: Gathering the course material together

You will need to gather all your course material and lecture notes together, and organise them properly. Your course material or texts should contain an overview of your course. Keep this to hand, as it will prove invaluable in you come to identify the topics you will need to revise.

There are also other sources of information that you can draw on when gathering information for your revision.

Activity 4

Timing: Allow approximately 10 minutes.

What other materials could you use in your revision? Jot down some ideas.


Here are some of our suggestions.

  1. Summary notes made from course texts.
  2. Completed and marked assignments.
  3. Assignment topics you did not choose and accompanying advisory notes.
  4. Audio visual materials (with associated notes if available).
  5. Handouts from tutorials or lectures, exercises and notes.
  6. Specimen or past exam papers.

This gathering process will lead you to realise that you have a wealth of material available for your revision. Reducing the material to manageable and digestible chunks is arguably one of the most important stages in the active revision process. We will be dealing with this in Stage 5.