Revision can be incredibly tough at times, but here are 4 great ideas for internet sites that might just aid you in your study! Check them out to transform the way you revise.
Wordle is a fabulous tool that allows you to create a stunning and impressive graphic from words. If you have an essay, for example, or a long word document full of notes on an assignment, simply copy and paste either the entire thing or a selected portion into the Wordle system, and it will automagically transform it into a beautiful image. It calculates the frequency of a particular keyword and the size of this word in the scattered image is proportional to this rate of recurrence. Each one is eye-catching and bold, and it would be great to print one of these off to put on the wall as a constant reminder of some key phrases or vocabulary you need to learn. I printed one off as a notebook cover design for my English literature revision, and many people who have seen it comment on its awesomeness.
I found GetRevising completely by mistake during my GCSE year, but I found it immensely useful when attempting to plan my revision. It contains an extensive range of resources for many subjects at all levels, and these are written and prepared by teachers or students. It has a welcoming interface and is well organised, allowing you to find exactly what you want without too much hassle. Often so-called ‘revision’ sites can be rather poor, and their content simply pitiable, but this is a pleasing exception. Their timetable planner is also a brilliant tool, and its colourful layout will aid you considerably in your endeavour to compose a study schedule. Rather than just Word documents, it also contains videos, PowerPoint presentations, wordsearches, and quizzes. Something for everyone!
YouTube is a bit hit and miss, as there will be some videos that are not useful in the slightest. But it is definitely worth persevering because the odd clip will have information and ideas that may well inspire you. It is particularly great, in my opinion, for a quick and clear summary of a topic that you might be studying. It is brilliant to vary the medium of your study, so a YouTube video (which will rarely take up much time at all) could be the perfect way to enhance your learning. Lectures are sometimes available free of charge (there are some by YaleCourses, on literary theory, for example, that were fantastic for me during my first year of university.
Many people think that podcasts are quite hard to find, but their popularity is increasing with such speed that they are almost ubiquitous. Many universities upload their own podcasts of recorded talks and lectures, so it fou have missed any of those throughout the year, it would be a great idea to catch up by making use of this resource. Listen to these while running or while lying down in your room, just to ingrain the main points into your memory. If you like to edit media, you could even download the file and cut out the bits you don’t need in order to keep solely those parts that are most important.
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