So, this is one of those revision posts… with a difference.
If you’re a student, and you live on the planet Earth, then you’ll know that exams are fast approaching. And before I continue with this post, I’d just like to stress that these exams aren’t the end of the world. It’s worth lodging that in your mind – I have to keep reminding myself that if I fail, I won’t look out of the window to see Armageddon.
On a serious note, just because there is a delay in your master plan, or you don’t get the grades you want, it doesn’t mean the end of the road and certainly doesn’t mean you’ve failed.
I wholeheartedly wish you success this summer, and want to share a couple of tips (completely unrelated to revision techniques – which may seem a little controversial) to spur you through these dark days (I never said it would be easy 🙂 ) It’s about trying to set yourself up for the mad study sessions in these final few days of freedom before exam season:
- Find your go-to spark plug – whether that’s lighting a candle, or playing a certain artist. If I’m about to embark on some hairy task, I like to listen to Hurts. Find your spark to start you off on a marathon revision session.
- Print a couple of photos out – of friends, family, your favourite place. Keep them pinned up near your desk, so you can see that you’re not alone.
- Share your progress with friends. My friends had the brilliant initiative of setting up a Quizlet class, to share geography notes, and it’s been a lifesaver to get through the colossal mountain of content. Stuck on a topic – video chat a friend for help, ‘trade’ them for something they are struggling on. Trying to ace an essay – make a mind map of ideas, then see if your friend can add anything. The emphasis on this is to share, not steal.
- Know when to walk away. It’s going to happen – you get stuck on a question, you feel like your spiralling, all seems impossible. Know when to walk away, take five minutes to make small talk with family, stretch out your back and glimpse the sun or take the dog for a walk around the block. Chances are that by giving your brain a rest, you’re more likely to smash the problem.
That’s it from me. It’s short, but hopefully sweet. Wishing you all the best of success this summer – let me know how they go, and whether any of my revision ideas have been any help. – The Clever Owl