A month before the examination can be very tricky and troublesome at the same moment. But, those who hold their nerves well, and utilize the last few months before the examination ace in UPSC CSE. Considering the vast syllabus of UPSC, revision becomes imperative. Revision holds the key to success in UPSC, ask any topper and you will find they have revised their notes multiple times before the examination.
In case you have made your own notes, there can be nothing greater than it. Your handwritten notes will turn out to be your Bible for UPSC months before the examination. Notes are really effective before the exam days for quick revision and also contain the most relevant content. Since you have aced the first step of UPSC by making your own handwritten notes, now it’s time to utilize those notes for better. So, here in this article, we have shared the master tricks to revise from notes.
How to Revise Your UPSC Notes like a PRO?
- Create a flowchart: You will realize once you have gone through your notes that you are a normal human with normal retaining power. Yes, UPSC Aspirants have a normal-sized brain like others. So, it becomes really important to create multiple flowcharts for interconnecting various topics together. Just for instance, if you are revising your NCERT Modern India History Notes– Try connecting different historical events through flowcharts. It will increase your retaining power and will help you a lot during essay writing in Mains.
- Attempt Quizzes & Previous Questions: Instead of just revising a topic, you should go one step ahead and attempt quizzes from the topics you have revised. Like, if you have revised a few topics from your NCERT Notes for UPSC, try solving previous year’s questions from those topics. It will boost your revision and will also check if your handwritten notes have adequate content on those topics. Make a habit of giving regular quizzes, it will timely remind you of the topics you are misremembering.
- Frequent Revision Techniques: The more is the gap between your revision sessions, the lower will be the retained information of your revised topics. Like if you have revised something today, one month later if you come back to revise it again, you will only be able to remember 50-60 percent of what you studied. Then you will have to spend at least 70 percent of the earlier time. But, if you revise that topic say a week later, you will retain 90 percent of the information and will have to spend as little as half an hour to revise it completely. So, Assign a day in a week which goes totally for revision.
- Focus more on Static Subjects: Subjects like History, Politics, Geography, and Economics have more static topics as compared to other subjects. Since static questions are the only predictable questions in the UPSC Examination, you should ace at it. It is advisable to create a layout of the time you will devote to particular subjects so that you can revise multiple times. If you have to choose between a new topic or revision, always choose Revision.
- Try Innovative Revision Techniques: After one point of time, Revising from the same notebook becomes boring and tiresome. Yes, it happens to most of the candidates. You can add different challenges to your revision goals like voice recording your oratory of a particular topic or you can close your book and narrate everything of a topic in a story form to your friend. Or, just try creating a mindmap in your brain. Use your creativity to give challenges to your brain- It will avoid boredom and you will be able to effectively revise your notes.
The syllabus of UPSC is like an ocean, and Revision is your lifejacket. Hence, if you want to ace the UPSC Examination, focus in-depth on your notes revision.