Exam essentials: Summarising information

Summarising information

If tackling your revision is making you feel slightly overwhelmed, here are a few pointers to get you on the right track:

  • Divide your revision into topics or themes

  • Write on index cards and use the limited space wisely, focusing on key information

  • Use different methods to present your data, like spider diagrams and mind maps

Sam explains how to turn a shelf crammed full of textbooks into a small pile of index cards

Let's recap

Summarising information can be hard, especially when you don't want to miss anything important.

The key is breaking the information into bite-sized chunks. For example, in English Literature you could break down your revision into of set texts into character, plot, main themes and so on.

Try using these steps to get you started:

  • Identify key information

  • Highlight key sections and relevant points

  • Transfer to index cards. Convert the information you highlighted into bullet points, diagrams and mind maps

At each stage of the process you are trying to reduce the information, until you have just the essentials you need to learn.

Remember it might feel like a lot of work, but it's all part of your revision, and helping you work towards the grade you want to achieve.

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