5 revision tips you haven't tried
With exams fast approaching (why the does exam period always come around so quickly?!), we thought we’d help you out with five revision tips that are sure to help you smash those exams and achieve the grades you want and deserve. Ready to get stuck in? Let’s go!
1. Reward yourself
Now, we know, exam season is not normally the time you associate with treating yourself. You might be thinking late night cramming and long days of studying is more realistic. But treating yourself can actually improve your motivation. For example, try placing a sweet at the end of every paragraph or page you have to read (yum!) or have a cup of your favourite tea after each section you finish. This will activate the rewards system in your brain and help you to keep going.
2. Take a break
Yes, we all know we’re supposed to take breaks when we’re revising, but do we all do it? Probably not enough. It’s really important to give yourself a breather, especially if you’re working for long periods of time. Even just getting up for a drink can help give your mind a rest for a few minutes. If you need a longer break, going for a walk outside can help you feel refreshed and increase your productivity when you get back.
3. Positive affirmations
Positive thinking can change your life! Our thoughts have a massive impact on how we feel - as much, or even more, than our circumstances do. Harness the power of positive thinking by saying some affirmations to yourself before bed or first thing in the morning to set yourself up for a productive day. You might feel silly at first but you’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel about yourself and your abilities. Try these out for starters: ‘I am capable’, ‘I can do this’, ‘I can cope with this’, or even, ‘You got this!’.
4. Don't pull an all-nighter
You might be tempted to keep working until late, or even pull an all-nighter, but this can actually be counterproductive. Giving your brain and body time to switch off for a bit at night will ensure that you are energised and ready to perform at your best in your exams. Try putting your work away an hour before you go to sleep and do something relaxing that won’t strain your eyes, such as listening to music, a podcast, or reading a book (if you haven’t been doing that all day to revise, of course!).
5. Fidget while you study
This might sound strange, but hear us out! Fidgeting with something in your hand, like a pen or that fidget spinner you’ve had lying around (it has come in handy after all!), can actually help you focus when you’re sitting still and concentrating for long periods of time. Why not give it a go? You never know, it might become your newest revision tactic!