How to pass exams: Part Two: Collaborative Revision
(in an email) reminded me of one major area I left out of the previous post
, collaborative revision. Sharing the load, sharing expertise, the wisdom of crowds... all the advantages of "2.0" and "open" can be claimed for collaborative revision. Stephen's experience and mine were very similar. A small group (mine was four of us) planned our revision together, shared out the topics and each prepared notes on one. We then pooled these and each made our own copy (with our own additions and changes) to the sheets the others had prepared. This process meant we talked through what was on the sheets and why, how the different parts worked together... in short we gave ourselves a revision tutorial.
The key things are:
- keep the group small so there is real accountability and commitment
- process the notes others prepare - if you just use them 'as is' you will learn much less and it won't stick, revision is 'about' integrating knowledge into a system not merely cramming 'facts'
- keep talking - the more you talk the notes through together the better
Labels: exams, open.source, revision, study-skills