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For many, the hardest part of revising is actually sitting down to study. Procrastination is so tempting and there’s so much we would rather be doing… But studying is essential for any student, so we have some tips on how to get started revising.
The first thing you should consider doing is starting your very own revision calendar. You should plan at what time and on what days you are going to sit down and study. For example, revise Maths next Monday from 17:00 to 19:00. You can plan your entire week, month, or just plan the night before. Every morning check your calendar and see what you have to do. This process gives you more formal deadlines to meet, making you more likely to start revising.
Alarms are very useful to remind you of everything. Set an alarm for when you have to wake up, start studying, take a break, and so on. With those annoying reminders going off all the time, you will remember what you are supposed to be doing all the time. Make sure you put a particularly loud sound so that you don’t somehow ignore it.
There are loads of techniques that can be used in order to revise effectively. Different revision styles are suited to different people so it’s all about finding the right style for you! One of the more popular techniques is the Pomodoro technique. The Pomodoro technique is based on the idea of breaking up revision into smaller increments with small breaks between them. This way it is easier to stay focused on particular modules. For more information on the Pomodoro technique then click here.
It’s easy to get distracted with social media, websites, TV, the view from your window… But thankfully, there are loads of apps that can help you focus. There are apps specifically for studying, but there are also great apps to help you focus in general. Download a few, choose the best app for you and reap the benefits. If you need help getting started, click here for a list of apps to help you focus.
Your room or living room may be full of distractions, so you should try to stay away from them. The best study space will probably be your local library, but if that is not an option, then it’s time for plan B. Find a peaceful room at home, and if that concept does not exist in your house, take away all the distractions you can. This may mean putting away your laptop and phone if you are not using them, maybe even taking down some posters which you keep staring at… But don’t move your bed out of your room; your parents will not appreciate it.
Revision is like exercise; you have to warm up before you go hard. If you plan revising the entire course from Day 1, you will feel overwhelmed and will procrastinate. So, start revising well in advance of your exams, but start with a 5-minute revision session or pop quiz. Then, increase your workload gradually. This way, you will be studying throughout the year without putting much effort, but will significantly reduce the amount of time you will spend on your final exam revision.
Hopefully these tips will help you keep procrastination away and on track with your studies.
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