NEBOSH Revision & those REAL HENS
After the teaching is over the tutor is now relaxed but the sad truth dawns on the delegates that the next time they will see their colleagues is during the exam. They look at their notes and wonder how on earth they can manage to get all that information into their heads when they can’t remember their own mobile phone number!
Here are a few tips we have at WATA that may help….
1. Create some physical space. You could do with getting your notes out somewhere – A boring place might help that’s free from distractions. You might need to be creative – sheds, loft spaces might get you free of distractions or a local library.
2. Create time space – everyone claims they are busy but I am surprised how much TV people watch or how long they spend “checking their e mails”. At WATA we look at a chaps typical working day and weekend. We honestly find a couple of hours a day by getting up early, spending some of the lunch break revising, not watching TV or football or whatever else.
3. For many people there is a hierarchy to revision, reading is OK but it can soon become passive and your mind can drift – making brief notes increases the engagement and helps with memory. Active involvement through answering NEBOSH questions is also good. A mixture is probably even better.
4. I occasionally do a little bit of amateur dramatics, I soon found it was easier to remember lines I recorded on an MP3 player than read from the page. It may be boring but it is worth reading out things like key legal cases and listening in the car whilst you try and anticipate the next line or a party in a legal action.
5. Making notes on recipe cards and numbering them is useful. You can take some with you during the day and look at them when you wait in a que or sit on the train. Use colour, diagrams or doodles to help make the pages distinct can help. Highlight key points.
6. Short and punchy – it is rarely a great idea to set aside the whole day for revision. Max 30 to 45 minutes then 10 minutes something else, or lots of short sessions. Learning in unusual places can help with memory – I remember some information and strangely where it was I read it. So 10 minutes by a Spanish pool every hour is not such a bad idea!
7. Acronyms are really useful – REALHENS is a acronym for a range of environmental aspects more below). There are a few second hand ones around on the internet but if you create your own they are more fun.
8. Other people can help – get them to test you – it really sharpens you up.
9. Think what they will ask you – have a look at the syllabus – sections can be easily changed into questions eg hazards when working at height, precautions when using ladders, implications of climate change etc
10. Have a plan – what you are going to cover when – don’t spend 2 days writing your plan! Some people just love ticking things off.
Martin Wells Bsc Hons CMIOSH
Health & Safety Consultant
West Anglia Training Association (WATA)