The art of creating an effective revision poster.

When producing your revision poster, at the forefront of your mind should be the aim of what the poster is actually trying to achieve, and that is providing all the information you need for that topic in as few words as possible.

The poster shouldn't be containing hundreds and hundreds of lines surrounding the topic, that you will probably never look at because it looks so daunting, and besides that is what your notes are primarily for, instead it should be picking out the key features of the material that you are trying to revise and display them via bright, bold and colourful mind maps, diagrams, images and graphs etc.

The poster should be acting as an 'aid', more than anything, it should be something to draw upon so you know what goes on when key feature 'x' occurs and how & why this causes the key feature 'y' to occur, and then you should be answering (either out loud or in your head) why and how has it occurred etc.

A decent strategy to know if you have actually created an effective revision poster is to try and actually physically teach the topic from the poster and what it is about to someone who doesn't really know particularly a great deal about it, but can actually comprehend it to a certain degree.

This will then allow you to see if you are simply reading from the poster or if you are taking quick glances to get a bit of direction as to what you are going to talk about next. Hopefully it will be able to provide you with some confidence too as you are able to explain in detail from just a few images and key words on a poster almost all the material rather than just reading from notes.

Teaching from your poster  is a pretty decent revision technique as well,  because you are engaging in visual, practical and oral revision and if you encourage your 'acting student' to ask questions as well, you can see how well you come up with answers when you are under pressure (similar to that of an exam).

To make full use of your poster get into a routine of not jut looking at it but actually engaging with it. For example, personally I like to place one or two posters on both the back and front of the doors around the house and so then, before I can exit or enter a room I have to answer all sorts of questions that are relevant to that poster, and if I can't come up with the answer there and then I have to go and find it out and try again.

However I find if I stick it on a wall, especially in my revision space I basically just end up ignoring it and  won't revise from it almost at all, so you can stick it on walls but make sure you are engaging with it.

Another point to bear in mind is that you need colour in your poster.

If it is black and white this makes it look, well ... really really boring!

So by adding a bit of decent colour into your key words, graphs, images etc. will get you a bit more engaged with the material that resides in the posters because you made them look interesting.

Effective revision posters are a great supplement to your revision, but they should not be your only method of revision as you may probably know, the more senses you engage your brain in when it comes to revision and activities you do, the more likely your memory will be able to serve you well when it comes to examinations, so try mixing it up and not sticking to one method (e.g. just note making, or just creating effective revision posters) but engage in multiple techniques