It’s that time of year again. The library’s crammed and there’s not an available computer in sight. Deadlines are looming and no one wants to get out of bed.
Getting the motivation to revise or write them last 500 words can seem impossible. Student Wire has 10 tips to help you focus.
1. Write a revision timetable – and actually use it. Pencil in frequent but short breaks to give your brain a rest. Research shows short bursts of 20 – 30 minutes revision work best because your concentration is ultimately much higher.
2. As painful as it may sound, get up early and get started. You’ll get the bulk of your work done in the morning and can have the afternoon to take a break. If you sleep early this will soon become a routine and waking up before midday won’t seem unusual.
3. Past papers. Past papers. Past papers. Time yourself and remember to carry out exam conditions. This means no phone, no ipad, no music and no distractions. Doing this will stand you in good stead for the future.
4. Make mind maps or key cards. Condense the information down, once you’ve done the initial learning and your brain shall absorb it more efficiently.
5. Get friends and family to test you. Write key cards and get them to ask you questions. They may not know what you’re talking about but they can read the answer off your summary notes. This will help you keep on track of where your revision is up to.
6. Revise with others – particularly people doing the same work as you. Choose a topic to focus on each and then teach one another. This has been proven to work successfully and it will help you feel really smart.
7. It may be the last thing you want to do after a day of revising, but exercise will increase productivity. Making sure you keep on top of your health and well-being makes all the difference. So don’t neglect your body and fill it with high sugar energy drinks. Go for a 30 minute jog and clear your mind.
8. Do reward yourself – revision doesn’t have to be completely unpleasant. Fill your breaks with your favourite things, whether that’s chocolate, a phone call with friends, cuddling your cat or singing show tunes, whatever it is that gets you through.
9. Stick posters around your room in places your eyes tend to glance toward. Whether it’s when you brush your teeth, straighten your hair or simply next to your bed. Those extra few moments of absorption could make all the difference.
10. Last but not least, stay positive. Don’t get stressed and let negativity take over. If you’ve put in the time and work you will reap the rewards.
So, that’s how us at Student Wire do it. We can vouch that it works pretty well. So put in the hard work when it counts and get the exam results you deserve.