With exam period in full flow for many students I thought I would share my experiences whilst revising for exams. It is almost seven years since I last took an exam, I now have to take some more in a few weeks’ time and it has made me think about what went well, and what went badly what i should of done in hindsight!
Looking back at the last time I revised I can see many changes in the way I’m doing it now. I was by no means a perfect student and let’s be honest who is!
We all hit peaks and troughs with revising, sometimes we feel really motivated and other times we may slack off, perhaps this is one of the first things I remember clearly whilst studying. The times I look back on which were really tough and stressful were always the times when I hadn’t spread out my work evenly and I was cramming, leading me to the obvious number one tip.
Plan your time
Don’t leave everything to the last minute and timetable your revision time! I only ever did one “all-nighter” and can categorically say it didn’t work. It sent the rest of my sleeping patterns into disarray and left me feeling more tired and less motivated to work on following days. With my next lot of exams coming up I have spread the workload out and I feel a lot less stressed leading into these exams then I have in the past. Again this leads into tip two.
Keep healthy! I love to exercise and do so most days. Exercise is a great way to relax your mind during a revision break, it also keeps the brain and body stimulated helping make your revision sessions more and more effective. Even If it only means taking a ten to fifteen minute walk it will re-invigorate your mind, try to walk/run in quieter places where there is less noise and mayhem to distract your mind, eat correctly to keep your energy levels up. Not only will this tip help your revision you can also rest assured you’ll be getting into shape for the imminent summer break after your exams!
Don’t seclude yourself entirely! Revision is associated with being tedious and lonely. I actually remember enjoying times spent with my peers in studying groups, it has forged long lasting friendships that have lasted to this day. We helped each other and it made revision feel like less of a task and actually quite fun, it’s sounds nerdy but let’s be honest we’d all rather be successful in our exams and have fun doing it then fail and be miserable about the results. You can read to each other and test each other. Be careful not to digress though whilst working in groups. Just like when you’re studying alone do not attempt it for more than forty minutes at a time and give yourselves breaks and targets.
Well there you have it, a lot of the time we all know what we “should” be doing but just need a reminder. Hope this helps and best of luck to all students this summer!
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