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.
Make 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.
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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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
Read 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.
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
Just over two years ago, on my previous blog, I posted an article discussing whether or not homework was harmful or helpful after I carried out a series of surveys. I have decided to re-write the said post.
There’s something about homework that is incredibly unappealing. Perhaps it’s because extra work or revision is the last thing you want to do upon arriving home after a six hour day of, well, exactly that – work and revision. But, is homework as harmful as you might expect? In fact, is it even as helpful as you might expect?
As a young person who attends school myself, homework can become one of the biggest inconveniences. Most days I am at school from eight until five, attending extra-revision sessions as my final exams come up. Let it be said that I have no problem with having to complete coursework at home because it will 100% benefit me. I also have no problem with revising, sitting practice exams or completing work that is related to what we are learning, because I will reap the reward. The most frustrating thing of all is when you are given homework that has absolutely no relation to class work or exam preparation.
I haven’t been in high school in quite some time, but I remember often being frustrated at how much homework I was assigned – particularly since I was a good student who usually understood the information I was given the first time I received it. The exception to that was math, and it was the only class where I actually requested more homework because I needed the practice. Lili
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