Fight Back

There was once a time when I didn’t understand the meaning of “living in a system”. Of course, I had often heard the world and society in which we live in being referred to “the system” and how people want to “escape” such system, but for a long time I didn’t understand what it was or, more so, why you would want to escape it.

I think it was probably around the time I first heard the quote “we are all living in a cage that’s too large to see” that it struck me what this system is, and how obvious it is that we’re living within the constraints of one.

We are born and then after about four years of learning to speak and walk and such, we spend a quarter of our lives in education in order to get a job which we will spend the rest of life working in just to afford life’s basics: food, clothing, shelter. And, then, we will die. Unfortunately, of all of these inevitable stages, that one is the one we cannot, under any circumstance, escape.

caa9a7a5b301388d2531c221863dd51fI’ve spent a long time waiting to get out of education, under the pretense that that’s when my life is really going to begin; I can be free. But it’s not the kind of freedom I’d want. It’s freedom governed by rules and regulations and social conformities. Continue reading Fight Back

How to Beat Exam Stress

An independent study of 2000 college students by Stop Procrastinating found that 64% are worried that stress and anxiety is affecting performance which will result in lower grades than expected. As a student myself – and one who is in the very middle of taking my GCSE’s right now – I am no stranger to the stresses that exams can bring. It’s easy to say “don’t stress about exams” but it’s a lot harder to actually not stress about exams. They’re important and so, of course, it’s human nature that you will worry. The key is to optimise yourself to deal with this stress.

Relax

relaxMake sure that you aren’t revising non-stop. Evidence has shown that your brain finds it difficult to focus and retain information after 45 minutes, anyway, so try and kick-back and spend some time with your friends or listening to music or in front of the television before you continue to revise.

Listen to your favourite bands when you’re not studying and leave that concentration music to accompany your revision sessions.

Pretty Notes

Notes that are aesthetically pleasing are not only proven to help your brain retain information, but it gives revision a degree of fun. Using bright colours and diagrams are an easy way to memorise things whilst also taking pride in the way your notes looks which takes away the idea that note taking is a chore.

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6 Delirious Study Hacks

My final set of mock exams before my final exams in 2015 started last Friday and I have spent every day since revising and learning how to revise. Today presents me with a Biology exam and a Media exam and I have to say that I am perhaps most unprepared I have been all week, yet far more prepared than I have been any other year. That’s because I decided to learn about revision techniques, and I have compiled some of the tips that worked best for me.

Study Hacks and Revision Tips

Revision tipsRead Upside Down

If cramming is a must, read upside down (the paper, not you) and out loud. You’ll focus more on what you are reading than you will when you are mindlessly skimming your books, despite the fact that it’s a slow technique.

45 minutes

Your brain finds it difficult to retain information after 45 minutes so separate your revision schedule into chunks: 45 minutes of revision, ten minute break. Repeat. Continue reading 6 Delirious Study Hacks

01:46 Teach Me How To Study

They’re stressful, exams. One or two are more than enough but it’s hard not to burn out when you have weeks of exams.

Maths. English. Maths (again). Citizenship. IT. Media. Science. Citizenship (again). Science (again). Spanish. Spanish (again).

That’s my exam timetable for the next two weeks. Luckily, I don’t have as many exams as some of my peers.

Tomorrow, I’m going to spend the day studying and learning how to study. Revision at the moment is too difficult. How is it even done effectively?

I’ve been told to allow myself time to “live”; not to burn myself out. I’ve also been told to burn myself out; sacrifice my life for the next two weeks. Any advice on the topic has been a contradiction, so far.

So, teach me how to study?