VCP-NV Revision Tips

VCP-NV Revision Tips

Revision techniques

In my last post I listed some of the best materials to use in order to pass the VCP exam. This time I’m going to focus more on revision techniques. 

How everyone revises comes down to personal preference what works for one person may not work for another. I’m going to list the main techniques I use and a few other ones however these might not work for you and that’s perfectly fine you have to find out how you learn best, whether you’re a visual person so whether you learn by making diagrams or if you learn by repetition so writing out notes for example.

Notecards

The main technique that I use is writing out notecards. You can buy notecards online or you can just cut up pieces of paper or card, you can even type them out this part doesn’t matter, I write my notecards because this then involves the element of repetition. I write a question on one side of the card and the answer on the other. I ended up with a good few hundred notecards don’t worry this does take a long time however it’s part of the learning process so don’t think you’re wasting time if you choose to go with this technique. After I’ve written out the notecards I start learning them. Once you’ve spent a while learning then you can start testing yourself on the questions and making piles. I separate this out into three piles; ones I know really well, ones I know but not that well and ones I don’t know. Then I can focus more on the ones that I don’t know as well. If you feel like this is getting a bit repetitive and you want to mix it up a bit try getting someone else to test you on the questions. 

Condensing

Another way to learn is by condensing the information. For example if you have three pages of information condensing it into two pages, this works by making you read and know the information well enough to be able to work out which parts of the information is more important and which bits are less important and therefore able to be cut out. You can then repeat this process and condense the two pages of information into one and so on until you only have a few paragraphs.

Highlighting

A slightly different method than condensing might be highlighting the vital facts from the page and learning these. You can then write them out or you can cover the page and try and memorise it and then test yourself.

There are so many ways of revising and no way is right or wrong.