This post is mainly aimed at students. However, can also be useful for people who work from home and need to get their heads down and get some work done.
Being in my last year of sixth form, there’s no doubt that I’ll be revising non-stop this Christmas. I am usually terrible at motivating myself to revise but you always need to keep the bigger picture in mind. Now, I know Christmas is a time to wind down but for some people who will be taking their exams after Christmas, this won’t be possible. As much as I’d love to have an amazing stress-free Christmas, id also love to have the grades that I want and need to get into university.
The following tips are what ill be putting into practice this Christmas break to get ready for my mock exams when i go back to sixth from in January.
1// Create a nice working environment
Create an environment in which you are comfortable in. Make sure that your work space is clean and organised. A person’s work space could reflect the work they produce. For me, the best place to revise is my desk. I turn off all my lights, turn on all my LED’s and my desk lamp and then for me that is a perfect working space. I advise you don’t revise sat on your bed. I did this frequently until I read that it is much easier to revise at an area such as a desk or table as you are sat upright and it feels more like a working environment.
2// Take regular breaks
Taking breaks when studying is a must. Taking a break allows you to calm down and just relax for a little bit. It’s much healthier to take breaks as this way you aren’t invested in your studying for long periods of time, which sometimes can be a bad thing. If needs be, reward yourself. Personally, when I’m studying I do 1 hour then reward myself with an episode of a TV series or a YouTube video.
3// Create a timetable
Following a timetable is probably one of the best things to do when studying. It makes it much easier to understand when you break down your subjects into their modules/units. Not only that but following a timetable helps you improve your time management and organisation skills, which will help you in the near future when you exams are due. Don’t forget to timetable in breaks though.
4// No electronics!
Lock away your electronics if you want to get the best out of your revision times. Don’t have your phone in-sight unless you really need it to help you with your studying. Having distractions won’t benefit you at all. Stay focused and then like stated above, use your electronics as a reward.
5// Find out your preferred learning style
You can do this by simply going onto google and taking a ‘VAK’ test. This will help you understand what kind of learner you are. A visual, audio or kinaesthetic learner. Then when you find your style you can research methods and ways of studying with that style. This way the information you take in may be processed better because you’re much more engaged.
Good luck with your revision and let me know in the comments below if these tips are useful. Also let me know if there are any other great tips that I can add in my next revision advice post.
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