Knowing how you best learn is perhaps one of the most important things you can gain in your time studying.
Armed with this awareness you can start planning the best ways for revising.
Once you’ve established your preferred method of learning, it is then time to decide on the strategy you’ll take for your revision.
For visual learners techniques such as brainstorms, flowcharts, videos and flash cards all assist in the revision of information. Better still, they can be used in conjunction with one another e.g. turning brainstorms into flash cards or videos into flowcharts to maximise your learning.
For auditory learners, it can be useful to record your answers to essays or problem questions, either from a script or memory, which you can play back to yourself. For me, when I recited these answers from memory this had the benefit of testing how well I understood a concept or other point of law; any hestitations indicate that I’m either unclear on or do not know the point I’m trying to make.
You can do any of these exercises with a study group or individually, with some being suited to individual learning more than others.
With friends you have the benefit of being able ot learn from one another, pooling your knowledge and receiving clarification where necessary. This is why mind maps and testing each other with flash cards work so well in a group setting. You might even like to use material like our periodic table of laws to further your learning, by getting friends to test you on the key cases for one of the subject areas featured on the table. What is important is that you all have a clear idea of what you’re aiming to achieve by revising together, and ensuring that any burden is shared equally in the preparation and completion of any tasks.
Studying alone is not to say that you will struggle with your revision or using any of these technqiues. It all depends on how you best revise. For example, mind maps can easily be compiled as you go through your various revision materials, to gradually build up an overview of the topic at hand. When revising alone you may find it works to set a timetable of what you will do, and when, along with the techniques you will use to complete your revision. I found that this provided a good start for putting my intentions into practice.
On our blog we have various resources that may provide useful tools for revision. They include some of the most important Scottish cases that have changed the common law, 9 of the most quirky judgments and the steps you can take towards better legal research.
We also feature our periodic table, which contains the most important cases from nine practice areas. It is the ideal revision, or general studying, tool for undergraduate students. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!