Exams are fast approaching, so here are my top 5 tips to get the most out of your revision and manage stress levels as best as you can!
I prefer to set goals in terms of what I want to achieve rather than how much time I should spend revising each day. If you tell yourself you have to sit at your desk for 10 hours a day, I can guarantee you will end up on Facebook after 10 minutes! Instead, make a list of topics you want to revise or books you want to read and when you’ve finished, give yourself a well-deserved break!
When you have a lot of reading to do, it can help to summarise sections of it as you finish reading them. This helps you to understand what you’ve read and condense the information in a way that is useful. You’ll also have a handy stash of notes that you can glance at quickly when you want to refresh your memory!
Staring at the same four walls can wear a bit thin after a while. If you always work at home, try working in the library and vice versa. Even if you try a different room in your house, mixing up your routine and your workspace can make you feel refreshed and less stuck in a rut.
Most people can’t work effectively for long periods of time, so when you feel yourself drifting off, get up and move about. Have a cup of tea, go for a walk or even just move to a different room and when you come back, you’ll feel a lot better. I like to plan my breaks so I feel less like procrastinating when I know a break is coming up.
It’s amazing how much more productive you become when you have lots of new stationery to play with! Plus, all those fun coloured pens and pencils can be a good memory tool!
Don’t panic, keep going and good luck! It will all be over before you know it!