2 Ways to Use Recordings for Effective Revision
Last updated on January 20th, 2020 at 6:20 am
When revising for Financial Services exams, the material you need to learn isn’t the most exciting and you may find your mind wandering. This article shows you two effective ways to keep focused on your revision for longer.
Written by Lysette Offley
A change is as good as a rest, or so they say!
When revising for Financial Services exams you’d be forgiven for complaining that perhaps the subject matter isn’t the most exciting!
And that’s a memory problem!
Because we’ve evolved to forget anything that’s unlikely to be useful to our survival.
That’ll be, for example, anything to do with Financial Services!
Fortunately though, our brains like something that’s different and so you’ll keep your mind on the job for longer, and paying more attention too, if you can get some variety in the way you revise.
On that score, have you considered using recordings when you revise?
Recording your revision notes may not suit everyone, and it may not suit the particular subject matter, but maybe occasionally, implementing the following ideas will be a breath of fresh air for your novelty-seeking brain!
Interested? Here are two effective ways to use recordings to learn.
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The information you want to learn needs to be put in a question and answer format. Devise a question, which by answering it, you demonstrate that you’ve learned that bit of information. Each question should test only one keyword or concept.
- Record the question
- Leave a space
- Record the answer
Then when you listen back to it, you can say your answer in the gap. You’ll hear the correct recorded answer immediately afterwards which will either confirm that you know this bit of information, or will correct your answer.
The more often you use the recording, the more reliably you’ll give the correct answers.
If you can record the questions onto a portable device that you can play while doing something else, such as mowing the lawn, you can really make the most of the time available to you.
Make sure the volume is low enough, not just to keep you from harming your hearing, but also so you can hear what’s going on around you. Don’t use it when it’s not safe not to have all your attention available for something else – driving the car, or crossing a busy road etc.
This is where you record the information you need and simply listen to it over and over again. This method depends on repetition for the information to get into your head.
There are a couple of potential pitfalls, though.
You don’t want to send your brain to sleep! Not if you’re trying to learn something.
If you’re not engaging with it actively, as you would in the first method, it’s all too easy to switch off and stop listening, especially if it’s your own voice you’re listening to. No! I’m not casting aspersions on how interesting or otherwise your voice might be! Research tells us that you’re more likely to continue listening if it’s someone else’s voice you’ve got on your recording.
So, either ask someone else to record the information for you, or use the first method, and make an Active Recording.