Thursday, 10 April 2014

Revision 101



For many of you the Easter Holiday means one thing, and one thing only: revision. And many of you out there are having to bypass sunny spring days and hanging out with friends for sitting inside, by yourself with only a textbook for company. So I thought I would introduce you to a few things which help me to revise, and stay sane whilst in revision turmoil.

Managing your Time: Timetables can be really useful when it comes to revising. Get Revising lets you put in your subjects, predicted grades and exams, and churns out your own personal timetable. It also lets you prioritise your subjects and add in your other weekly activities.
Snacks: Snacks are pretty important. They keep you going through out the day and if you are like me, you can use them as a reward for some hard work. It's a well known fact that sugar helps keep the mind active and focused, and you should always eat a sweet or two before entering a long exam. I always like to have my favourite sweeties (Dolly Mixture) to hand as a reward and when I feel myself dropping. However, healthy alternatives are also a good idea, as gorging on sweets all day every day isn't good for you, or for our skin (stress+sugar=major breakout). Try having something like carrot sticks or grapes to munch on throughout the day to keep that hunger at bay.
Revision Tools: Be it notepads, biros, sticky notes, revision cards or highlighters everyone needs some tools to help them remember key facts. I am a huge fan of the highlighter (or rather obssessed) and I find them useful to memorise key facts and definitions. However, revision cards are also handy, and make it easy for your friends and family to test you and make sure you retain all that infomation.
Comfort: Wear what's comfy for you, there's no point trying to revise in something that is distracting or uncomfy. Most likely you are gonna be sitting still for long periods of time, so why not just wap on a fresh pair of pyjamas and prop a cushion up behind you to try and limit those back pains. When I have been  leaning over work all day I also prop up a hot water bottle behind my back to try and relax my muscles.
Music: Now I know not everyone can work to music, but not everyone can work in silence either. However, if you are going to listen to music try not to listen to your absolute favourite song that you know all the words to, or something loud and distracting as you'll just remember those lyrics, and not those facts. Or why not try Coffitivity a website that has a selection of coffee shop noises which are proven to help boost creativity and concentration.

Good Luck with that revision, it'll be worth it in the end. And if you are truely struggling just think about all that time off you're gonna have in the summer.
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  1. Yes to the snacks! When I was in school snacks made the biggest difference :)

    Christina
    http://kissesandflowers.blogspot.com/

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    1. Haha, snacks are pretty much vital for everything!! H xx

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  2. Those snacks look yummy, definitely good to keep some snacks nearby when studying. I used to mix it up a bit and have fruit snacks too just to be on the healthier side haha. Good luck with revision.

    IAmLinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha, yeh unfortunately have to be healthy sometime. And thank you! H xx

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  3. aghh thanks I am the worst at managing time... I am definitely checking out that website!

    nikalulu.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, your welcome, I am really bad too, and this website was so useful H xx

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