Friday, 17 January 2014

Revision Tips

Whether it’s your first or last set of serious exams coming up this summer, it’s never an easy time. Exams are inevitably stressful and you want to make sure you’ve made the best effort you can – after all, the rest of your life may well depend on the results! So to make your exam prep a little easier, here are some fool-proof tips to make revision more fun and help you get the results you're looking for.


Bite size portions

When the sun’s out and summer’s in full force, all you want to do is get outside, relax with your friends and work on your tan. Damn those pesky exams! The best way to get some core revision done, without going stir crazy from being cooped up indoors all day, is to break your revision into bite-size chunks. You can check out key facts and polish up on your knowledge with some short online practice tests for virtually any subject.  Home broadband from Virgin Media ensures that your internet access is convenient and reliable all day and night. So whether you prefer to get up with the birds or work by moonlight, you can always get a little revision in.

Get organised

You might think that just diving in to all your subjects will help something stick – but unfortunately that is likely to end in an unpleasant mess. Take the time to get organised online and plan what you really need to be revising. Identify your weak spots and ensure you dedicate ample time to tackle them, but don’t forget to keep your strong points polished too. A colour coded timetable is a great way to organise your time while staying on schedule for your exams.

Don’t waste time

It’s really tempting to take an unscheduled break – one that somehow stretches from two hours to two days, followed by a 24 hour cramming marathon. Unfortunately this doesn’t work – the added pressure is more likely to make you forget everything you’ve been learning in a panic. This doesn’t mean you have to work non-stop. Instead, schedule in realistic break periods when you know you won’t be productive and enjoy the down time, so you can come back to your revision feeling refreshed and ready to go.

Eat right
Caffeinated drinks, an endless amount of junk food and lots of chocolate may be the typical exam diet, but it’s not the right one. Instead of pumping your body with sugar – which can lead to a sugar crash and losing track of everything you’ve been trying to revise – eat healthy and filling food to keep you satisfied and alert. Cold shakes packed with protein keep you satisfied without the post-carb sleepiness, while porridge topped off with fruit and maple syrup makes for a surprisingly tasty comfort snack. As for drinks – avoid the Red Bull and opt for tea, water or juice instead.
So there are a few revision tips that have helped us in the past. Follow these simple steps and you won't add extra pressure to an already stressful time. Keep calm and carry on revising. 

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