By Samar Alam
Revision is quite a personal process as there are many methods and processes that people like to use which are completely dependent on the person. However, there are some fundamental steps everyone should incorporate into their revision routine.
Watch the lectures / do the reading
The material is there for a reason. Make sure to cover all the material that is required of you. You don’t need to memorise from these, but they set the scene for many concepts and topics which will help you as you progress your learning.
Attend all the tutorials / rewatch the tutorials
This is vital. Most of the content is discussed during the tutorials and there really is no substitute to attend / watching the tutorials. This is where you discuss the material you have prepped for and learn how to apply that knowledge to activities and questions. This application of law is one of the most important factors of the LPC that you need to do well to gain high marks.
Make sure you have covered all the tutorial sessions so you have not missed anything on the curriculum. They are also really great for tips and advice as people often will ask questions that you might learn from too.
Read your law notes
People often ask me how to revise. Honestly, the bulk of it is reading, re-reading, and re-reading again and again. There is a lot of information to cover on the LPC and after you’ve procrastinated making your notes, highlighting them, setting up your desk and ordering your pens according to your favourite, you do have to just read your notes at some point.
Work your way through this reading as it can seem monotonous but take it by sections and split it up over modules and days so that you are actually taking in the information as you read and not just doing it as a tick box exercise.
Redo activities / questions
Once you feel like you understand the reading you have from your notes and revision notes, start to redo the activities and questions from the tutorials. These act as a great refresher on the topics you have covered and help you to confirm if you understood the concepts and topics enough that you can do them again. Make a note of the ones you found difficult so that you can focus on those during your revision and use the solutions to go through the answers to fully understand why you got those parts wrong.
Do past papers
This will be the ultimate test for how well your revision is going. Try not to do these too early on in your revision as they will not be a fair test on your knowledge. Make sure you understand everything and have finished the activities before moving onto practice assessments.
Complete these with enough time before your actual exam so that you are able to look at the solution and analyse how you did. Again, go through each question to understand where you went wrong and how you could have done better so that you can use the last few days to target those specific areas and gaps in your knowledge.