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Learning how to improve your memory skills and developing revision strategies well in advance can help you prepare for your exams. You can learn how to pace yourself, find out which learning style suits you and develop stress relievers. Have a look at our tips and useful links to help you prepare for your exams. 

Take a Learning Style Quiz and find out your personal learning style to help you improve the way you learn.

Memory Techniques for Exam Preparation by Oxford Royale Academy has ten simple tricks and tips that will help you to increase your capacity to learn. 

An example of a Revision Timetable by the Learning Development Centre at Aston University is a useful template to help you plan your revision during the week. 

Palgrave Study Skills website offers useful and practical tips on revision and exam skills. 

 

Our top resources:

Motivation and Double-thinking

Preparing for Exams

Managing Seen Exam Questions

Managing Unseen Exam Questions

 

Our top tips:

Flashcards are a set of cards that can have on one side a word, an image, a date or a formula and the summary of the answer on the other side. Here you are using your memory to recall a concept or theme whilst processing the clue on the front of the card.  You can make flashcards yourself or you can go to GoConqr which allows you to set up flashcards on your PC or laptop and practice using them online.  Evernote Peek and Chegg Flashcards can also be used on your Ipad and Iphone for free. 

Have a look at this Index card on the Skills for OU Study section from The Open Universities website to see an example of an index card and what information you might want to include.  

Maths

MathCentre website has useful resources including leaflets, videos, guides, tests, handouts and workbooks. This website allows you to learn, practice and revise.

Mathematics Learning Support Centre website at Loughborough University offers useful resources on numeracy tests and solutions, diagnostic tests, statistic leaflets and formulae leaflets.

Study Skills in Mathematics website pages by The Skills Team at The University of Hull offers resources on algebra, arithmetic, calculus, statistics and trigonometry.

 

Computer skills

BBC Webwise includes a range of videos and written guides to help you develop your online skills. 

Microsoft Office Training Center offers download PDFs and videos that cover Office packages, OneDrive and Skype.

Have a look at this online article to view a list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use with Windows.

 

Statistical Package for the Social Science:

SPSS tutorials website offers guidance for beginners on statistical tests, data analysis, editing data and Python.

Dr Patrick White, Associate Professor at Universtiy of Leicester has created some YouTube videos to introduce students to conducting basic statistical analyses using the SPSS software package. 

If you need to install SPSS on your own PC you can purchase the licence from the Media Shop in FML for £5 and this licence will last a year. We also have SPSS available on the PCs in The Sheppard-Worlock Library.

CAT software

Dragon (speech recognition software with computer commands, dictation and speech to typing)

User guides, quick start cards, cheat sheets, videos and workbooks are available on the Nuance website

 

Inspiration (visual mapping to help learners develop and organise ideas)

On the Inspiration website, there is a useful free self-guided training programme available to help you use and practice inspiration, with an introduction to inspiration, tips for lecture notes, planning and studying. You can also find How-To Training Videos from Atomic Learning, that covers maps, graphics, topics, symbols and presentation manager.

 

Jaws (screen reader with text to speech output or braille display)

On the Freedom Scientific website, there are free Training downloads available. 

 

Kurzweil (reading, writing and study platform with text to speech software)

Georgian College's Centre for Access YouTube video gives a comprehensive overview of the software. On the Kurzweil Education website, there are free webinars where you can learn the basics or brush up on your skills. If you miss a webinar you can watch them on-demand.

 

Read and Write (reads on-screen text aloud, researching and checks written work)

Texthelp website has free featured videos and training guides that look in-depth at reading, researching, toolbar checking tools and study skills. Texthelp also has a YouTube video that demonstrates how to use Google Chrome inside Google Documents. You can also access Texthelp Training portal which offers quick reference guides and quizzes. 

 

ZoomText (Integrated magnification and screen reading program that enlarges and reads aloud everything on the PC)

ZoomText website has recorded webinars available which include top tips and looks in-depth at large print, camera and keyboard settings, etc. Ai Asquared also has a range of ZoomText YouTube videos with top tips and tricks. 

 

 

Hints and tips

Three Motivational Tips for Writing

Preventing Procrastination

8 Tips for Studying Effectively

Don't forget we have lots of resources and handouts available on our writing mentors pages including tips on how to help you start your writing, structuring your essay and how to use grammar and punctuation correctly. Our top tip is to download Grammarly which can be added to Chrome for free can help identify grammatical mistakes.

 

Need guidance in using the library resources for your subject?

Book an individual tutorial by contacting your Faculty Librarian. They can help you choose the right information sources for your topic and show you how to search the online resources effectively. These sessions normally last for one hour and they are most useful when you are preparing a specific assignment.

For more information have a look at our information guides.

Exam skills

Learning how to improve your memory skills and developing revision strategies well in advance can help you prepare for your exams. You can learn how to pace yourself, find out which learning style suits you and develop stress relievers. Have a look at our tips and useful links to help you prepare for your exams. 

Take a Learning Style Quiz and find out your personal learning style to help you improve the way you learn.

Memory Techniques for Exam Preparation by Oxford Royale Academy has ten simple tricks and tips that will help you to increase your capacity to learn. 

An example of a Revision Timetable by the Learning Development Centre at Aston University is a useful template to help you plan your revision during the week. 

Palgrave Study Skills website offers useful and practical tips on revision and exam skills. 

 

Our top resources:

Motivation and Double-thinking

Preparing for Exams

Managing Seen Exam Questions

Managing Unseen Exam Questions

 

Our top tips:

Flashcards are a set of cards that can have on one side a word, an image, a date or a formula and the summary of the answer on the other side. Here you are using your memory to recall a concept or theme whilst processing the clue on the front of the card.  You can make flashcards yourself or you can go to GoConqr which allows you to set up flashcards on your PC or laptop and practice using them online.  Evernote Peek and Chegg Flashcards can also be used on your Ipad and Iphone for free. 

Have a look at this Index card on the Skills for OU Study section from The Open Universities website to see an example of an index card and what information you might want to include.  

Maths

MathCentre website has useful resources including leaflets, videos, guides, tests, handouts and workbooks. This website allows you to learn, practice and revise.

Mathematics Learning Support Centre website at Loughborough University offers useful resources on numeracy tests and solutions, diagnostic tests, statistic leaflets and formulae leaflets.

Study Skills in Mathematics website pages by The Skills Team at The University of Hull offers resources on algebra, arithmetic, calculus, statistics and trigonometry.

 

Computer skills

BBC Webwise includes a range of videos and written guides to help you develop your online skills. 

Microsoft Office Training Center offers download PDFs and videos that cover Office packages, OneDrive and Skype.

Have a look at this online article to view a list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use with Windows.

 

Statistical Package for the Social Science:

SPSS tutorials website offers guidance for beginners on statistical tests, data analysis, editing data and Python.

Dr Patrick White, Associate Professor at Universtiy of Leicester has created some YouTube videos to introduce students to conducting basic statistical analyses using the SPSS software package. 

If you need to install SPSS on your own PC you can purchase the licence from the Media Shop in FML for £5 and this licence will last a year. We also have SPSS available on the PCs in The Sheppard-Worlock Library.

CAT software

Dragon (speech recognition software with computer commands, dictation and speech to typing)

User guides, quick start cards, cheat sheets, videos and workbooks are available on the Nuance website

 

Inspiration (visual mapping to help learners develop and organise ideas)

On the Inspiration website, there is a useful free self-guided training programme available to help you use and practice inspiration, with an introduction to inspiration, tips for lecture notes, planning and studying. You can also find How-To Training Videos from Atomic Learning, that covers maps, graphics, topics, symbols and presentation manager.

 

Jaws (screen reader with text to speech output or braille display)

On the Freedom Scientific website, there are free Training downloads available. 

 

Kurzweil (reading, writing and study platform with text to speech software)

Georgian College's Centre for Access YouTube video gives a comprehensive overview of the software. On the Kurzweil Education website, there are free webinars where you can learn the basics or brush up on your skills. If you miss a webinar you can watch them on-demand.

 

Read and Write (reads on-screen text aloud, researching and checks written work)

Texthelp website has free featured videos and training guides that look in-depth at reading, researching, toolbar checking tools and study skills. Texthelp also has a YouTube video that demonstrates how to use Google Chrome inside Google Documents. You can also access Texthelp Training portal which offers quick reference guides and quizzes. 

 

ZoomText (Integrated magnification and screen reading program that enlarges and reads aloud everything on the PC)

ZoomText website has recorded webinars available which include top tips and looks in-depth at large print, camera and keyboard settings, etc. Ai Asquared also has a range of ZoomText YouTube videos with top tips and tricks. 

 

 

Hints and tips

Three Motivational Tips for Writing

Preventing Procrastination

8 Tips for Studying Effectively

Don't forget we have lots of resources and handouts available on our writing mentors pages including tips on how to help you start your writing, structuring your essay and how to use grammar and punctuation correctly. Our top tip is to download Grammarly which can be added to Chrome for free can help identify grammatical mistakes.

 

Need guidance in using the library resources for your subject?

Book an individual tutorial by contacting your Faculty Librarian. They can help you choose the right information sources for your topic and show you how to search the online resources effectively. These sessions normally last for one hour and they are most useful when you are preparing a specific assignment.

For more information have a look at our information guides.