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Title: Get the most out of your course and revision with Phoenix Health

Get the most out of your course and revision with
Phoenix Health Safety
Revision and exam techniques
Preparing to Revise
  • It will be easier to get all the resources you
    need to revise well before you start.
  • It will be easier if you organise and update your
    notes throughout the course.
  • If you haven't done this, spend one evening
    organising and ordering everything you have.
  • Types of study Aids
  • Note paper
  • Course manual
  • Example exam papers and
  • practical assignments
  • Highlighters
  • Coloured Pens and Pencils

Preparing to Revise
  • A Suitable Environment
  • Your study environment should be
  • Calm and quiet
  • Well lit
  • A good temperature
  • Full of nice, fresh air to keep you awake
  • Free from distraction (i.e. mobile phone, family,
    TV, alcohol etc.)
  • Large table or desk
  • A good chair and spacious desk.
  • Stationary and other study aids course
  • Keep hydrated and ensure you drink plenty of
  • It is important to work in a comfortable

Preparing to Revise
  • Revision Timetable
  • If you have a revision timetable, fill in your
  • Alternatively, make your own timetable, use a
    diary or wall-chart that is specific to you.
  • Some people like to study early in the day,
    others prefer to study later on.
  • Tips for Time Management
  • Do not intend to study all day.
  • Schedule breaks in your working day for fun,
    food, relaxation and exercise, but not all at
  • Too much work can be as unproductive as too
    little work. A good way to start is to work for
    50 minutes, then have a 10 minute break every
  • Try to give each subject equal time, do not
    concentrate on one subject at the expense of
  • Do difficult tasks at times when you are at your
    most productive.
  • Be realistic and disciplined - don't plan a
    schedule you can't manage.
  • Be flexible - you never know when an emergency
    will crop up.
  • Leave time at the end for reviewing what you have
    done and what you must still do.
  • Reward yourself when you achieve targets or

Revision Techniques
  • Revision should be as active as possible.
  • The best way to do this is to take the
    information you have and put it into a different
  • You should also try to use as many different
    parts of your brain as possible while revising.
  • For example, writing something in bright colours
    gives you a better chance of remembering
    something than if you write it in black because
    you are stimulating the part of your brain that
    deals with colour as well as written information.

Revision Techniques
  • Mind Mapping
  • If you didn't already know, a mind map is a kind
    of advanced spider diagram that makes good use of
    pictures, colours and spatial relations.
  • Mind maps increase your chances of learning a
    subject because they stimulate multiple parts of
    your brain.
  • A mind map that is constructed with thought and
    care will be a much more effective learning
    method than a simple page of notes or a simple
    spider diagram.
  • Mind maps are easy to construct.
  • You should be as imaginative as possible when you
    are constructing a mind map.

Revision Techniques
  • Mnemonics / Acronyms
  • Mnemonics techniques are good methods for
    remember key information.
  • You take the first letter or each word and form
    another word to remember.

Revision Techniques
  • Prompt Cards
  • Make some revision notes on small index cards.
  • You can carry round these prompt cards for
    revising in short breaks.
  • Each card can contain a definition, a short list,
    a summary.
  • Don't try to fill the card with information. It
    will be difficult to read - and remember..
  • Integrate different revision methods remember
    that your brain will associate colours, symbols,
    pictures, music with different things.
  • Small prompt cards with key words/dates can be
    just as useful as a page of notes, and you can
    carry them in your pocket

Revision Techniques
  • Write ideas and facts on cards to use as
  • Create memory aids such as diagrams or mnemonics
    (e.g. SMART). However, please remember that you
    cant use your diagrams as the sole answer in the
    exam you can use it as a basis and expand it
    when it comes to writing your answer.
  • Write key facts on pieces of cards and display
    them around your house.
  • Study with a friend and test each others
  • Attend any revision classes that Phoenix HSC
    might be holding.
  • Work through past exam papers this will test
    your knowledge and allow you to become familiar
    with the exam format. If theres a question you
    cant answer then you know you need to go back
    and revise that subject.
  • Remember to reward yourself. Use rewards as
    incentive to do the revision.
  • Try and read around the subject that you are
    revising. You should try and research aspects
    outside of what is taught in the classroom to
    give you a broader understanding of quality.
  • It is also suggested that using real life
    examples will help illustrate your answers more
    effectively. Try and think of some examples that
    back up your answers in the exam.

Learning Styles
  • Visual (spatial). - You prefer using pictures,
    images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural (auditory-musical). - You prefer using
    sound and music.
  • Verbal (linguistic). - You prefer using words,
    both in speech and writing.
  • Physical (kinesthetic). - You prefer using your
    body, hands and sense of touch.
  • Logical (mathematical). - You prefer using logic,
    reasoning and systems.
  • Social (interpersonal). - You prefer to learn in
    groups or with other people.
  • Solitary (intrapersonal). - You prefer to work
    alone and use self-study.

You will probably be a combination of learning
Learning Styles
Learning Styles
KNOWING HOW TO LEARN, and knowing which
strategies work best, are valuable skills that
will assist you to perform well at your exams.

Revision Techniques
  • Strategies to be Avoided - They do not work.
  • "I record the trainer on my dictaphone. If I play
  • to myself while I sleep, they'll sink in
    and I won't
  • have to do any work while I'm awake.
  • Am I clever or what?"
  • "Cramming. Cram cram cram cram cram cram cram
  • cram cram cram cram cram cram cram cram
    cram cram cram."
  • "I work all day every day. There's no time for
    breaks at exam time. That's what I've always
  • "I find that if I leave my revision as long as
    possible, it makes me panic so badly that I do
    everything really quickly and save myself loads
    of time."
  • "I just revise a few topics from each subject.
    I'm a lucky guy, There's always something I can
    answer when I do that."
  • "Revise? I don't have to revise, I remember it
    all the first time round, and if I can't
    remember, then it's not worth knowing."

Exam Techniques
  • Using Past Papers to Revise
  • Passing exams is as much about technique as it is
    about knowledge.
  • Understand the style of the questions and scoring
  • You need to practice your timing as well as your
    recall of knowledge.
  • To start with, compare the notes you have against
    the questions asked on your example test
  • Make sure you have enough material to be able to
    answer all the questions.

Exam Techniques
  • Day before the exam 
  • Use your revision tools (e.g. diagrams,
    mnemonics, prompt cards etc) to check facts
  • Keep calm dont try to learn new topics so
    close to an exam.
  • Dont stay up all night.

Exam Techniques
  • Answering Questions
  • Read through the paper and any instructions
    carefully Before looking at the actual
    questions, read the instructions and complete any
    compulsory information (name, date etc).
  • Work out the timing Divide your time according
    to the number of questions to be answered. Split
    it proportionately if you have some questions (or
    parts of questions) which attract more marks than
  • Read the questions carefully. Read through the
    paper once and then re-read each question. You
    might think a topic you've revised hasn't come
    up, when it is there but the wording is unusual.
    Understand the concept of the question.
  • Choose your best questions - Mark any questions
    you might answer, and then check that you fully
    understand it. Do you have some relevant
    knowledge, ideas and evidence for the ones you
    choose to answer?
  • Decide on question order. Some people like to
    start with the topic they know best to give them
    a good start
  • Read through your paper and analyse your
    answers- filling in gaps, correct any errors

Exam Techniques
  • Maximising your marks
  • Think about what the question is actually asking.
    What are you expected to include in your answer?
    What material will be relevant? The most common
    complaint from markers is that the student didn't
    answer the question.
  • Plan before you write The stress of working
    under time constraints in the exam room can make
    all your good study intentions disappear.
    However, this is when it's more important than
    ever to get your ideas across clearly and
    concisely. Take a few minutes to think and plan
  • Underline the key words in the question
  • Identify the main topic and discussion areas..
  • Choose a few points/arguments about which you can
    write .
  • Make a mini-plan which puts them in order before
    you start writing. You can cross it through
  • Referencing in exams You should be able to
    refer by name (spelt correctly!) legislation in
    your topic. You are not expected to give
    specific sections of the acts/regulations.
  • What to do if your mind goes blank most
    students fear this happening. If it does put
    your pen down, take a deep breath, sit back and
    relax for a moment. If you're in the middle of an
    answer, read through what you have written so far
    what happens next? If you have to remember
    formulae, try associating them with pictures or
    music while revising. If you really can't
    progress with this answer, leave a gap. It will
    probably come back to you once you are less
  • If you are running out of time don't panic.
    Look at the questions you have left to answer and
    divide up your remaining time to cover them all.
    Be very economical make one point support it
    with evidence and then move on to the next point.
    If you really can't finish in time, briefly list
    the points you wanted to make they could pick
    you up a few marks.

Exam Techniques
  • Maximising your marks
  • Presentation - Handwriting and grammar do not
    lose or gain marks, however it has to be
    readable! Remember that the exams are marked by
    humans so the easier it is to mark, the easier it
    is to give marks for.
  • Action Verbs - Take note of the action verb at
    the start of each question. As a general rule, if
    a question asks you to Identify, state" or
    list then a simple list will do. If however,
    the question asks for outline, describe or
    explain, then your answer should be in
    sentences, preferably with an example to
  • Keep it Brief - We have already said that you
    must comply with the action verb, but do not be
    tempted to waffle on or give long introductions
    to your answer this is not required. There are
    no marks for star quality just answer the
  • Bankers - This is important. There are certain
    answers which will be relevant time and time
    again, for example risk assessment, training,
    supervision, PPE etc. Put reproducing this list
    without relating it to the specific question will
    not gain marks
  • Outline the precautions to be taken when a minor
    repair is to be carried out on a fragile roof.
  • Carry out a risk assessment 0 marks
  • Carry out an initial risk assessment to identify
    the hazards from roof work and decide on the
    necessary precautions 1 mark
  • Provide adequate information, instruction and
    training 0 marks
  • Provide information, instruction and training on
    the hazards and associated precautions involved
    in roof work 1 mark

Exam Techniques
  • Action verb meaning
  • define - provide a generally recognised or
    accepted definition
  • describe - give a word picture
  • explain - give a clear account of, or reasons for
  • give - provide without explanation (used normally
    with the instruction to give an example or
    examples of ...)
  • identify - select and name
  • list - provide a list without explanation
  • outline - give the most important features of
    (less depth than either explain or describe,
    but more depth than list)
  • sketch - provide a simple line drawing using
    labels to identify specific features
  • state - a less demanding form of define, or
    where there is no generally recognised definition

Revision Techniques
  • The most important points to remember when you
  • Start early, the earlier the better.
  • Be organised, make a timetable.
  • Revise where you are most comfortable.
  • Use techniques that are the best for you.
  • Take regular breaks to digest and process
  • information
  • And finally. Enjoy !