BEDA Day 2
Loads of us revise for big exams during the Easter holidays and I thought I would give you some of my tips as to how to do some good revision. Well, I'm going to try.
1) Get up early. When I say early I don't mean at the crack of dawn, but I usually try and get up at 8.30 so I can get some revision done early. Also if you just roll out of bed then usually you feel pretty lethargic for the rest of the day and therefore your revision won't be as effective.
2) Do some exercise before you start. Like the first one it gets you pumped for the day. Straight after a run I usually am ready to get some work done quickly as well as getting more exercise in before those summer days.
3) Don't listen to music. Trust me. You can't revise to music.You can argue you all you like but when you're sitting in your Chemistry exam and you're looking at a question that's asking you about extracting titanium and all you can think about are the lyrics to Taylor Swift's "Forever and Always," and why Joe Jonas would break up with someone so perfect don't come crying to me.
4) Leave all technology outside. Being on Facebook and texting your friends and sometimes looking down at your textbook doesn't count as revision. Don't try and fool yourself that it does. You can try and ask your friend's help for something you don't understand, but if it goes spiralling out of control and you find yourself and hour later trying to decide with your friend whether you would rather be Anna from "Anna and the French Kiss," or Hermione from Harry Potter don't say I didn't warn you. (By the way Hermione wins because she can do magic.)
5) Feel nice. I know that sounds silly but honestly when I'm wearing my tracksuit bottoms and a hoodie I just end up watching re-runs of America's Next Top Model and crying about how I don't look like them and how my wrist is thicker that their thighs. When I'm revising I try and where a skirt or a dress or some new outfit because it wakes me up and gives me some energy. Hey, go crazy, put on some mascara!
6) Don't compare your revision to other peoples. Other people could be doing five hours a day, compared to you who's only doing three. Don't worry, so long as you concentrate and you know you're learning and you're going to fit everything in with spare time I promise you'll do great.
7) Don't revise for hours on end. Although I don't like revising for two seconds and then taking a break, my time limits would be doing it in hour slots and then taking a break for awhile. Check up on social media- I'm sure in that hour the world hasn't drastically changed.
8) Bright colours. This is helpful for all aspects of life but especially revision, Reading something that's written in sky blue is waaay more fun than brown- that's just life. Or do one of those mind map things. I'm rubbish at drawing them but I know friends who swear by them.
9) Cue Cards. I find small cards are really helpful for things you need engraved on your brain like french verbs or maths equations. Put them on the toilet door or on the biscuit tin, but each time you go past one you have to read it. Sooner or later you'll be thinking about aller in your sleep.
10) Have fun. If you become too obsessed with revision you'll peak too early and do badly in the exam. See your friends, go to the cinema, take the evenings off. I'm not saying don't get things done but I really think that if you just revise you're going to get bored and stop caring about work- and that is a really bad sign. Also I know revision's not fun but if you really think about what your revising it can actually be quite interesting. No? It was worth a shot.
Now I'm going to finish my tea and revise building with limestone which I don't believe is science but hey-ho. How's your revision going? What are your tips?
Sorry for the boring post but hey- it's BEDA. I hear anything goes in the crazy month of April.
Love, Izzy xxxxx