You’ve got piles of notes surrounding you, you’ve mentally counted the number of weeks, days, and hours until your last exam, and you’ve maybe even made yourself a revision playlist to psyche yourself up, but it’s probably time to actually start…well…revising.
Grab a cuppa and let’s get to it.
SWITCH YOUR PHONE OFF
Yep, we’re actually serious. Instagram will still be there when you get back, but for now, it’s vital that you step away from any possible distractions and focus your attention on the task at hand.
Did you know that you can actually download apps that reward your phone detox by planting trees on your behalf? Sounds pretty good to us.
PLAN YOUR REVISION EARLY
It’s no use waiting until a week before your exam to start revising for it. Create a revision timetable for yourself so that you know exactly what you're going to be working on and when. Trust us when we say that getting ahead of the workload aids your revision, helps your mental health, and keeps the momentum going.
SET YOURSELF REGULAR BREAKS
Whilst it’s probably not the most fun thing you can think of doing in your free time, revision also shouldn’t feel like a punishment or an impossible task. Plan your day by making sure you take plenty of breaks and don’t feel bad for needing a breather.
Some people can do thirty minutes of focused revision time before they need to take five doing something else, other people can work for an hour and then need half an hour of rest, and other people only need a lunchtime breather; however, you need to split your time is totally fine as long as it works for you and your productivity.
CHANGE UP WHERE YOU WORK
It sounds so simple, but getting a change of scenery whilst you revise can really help keep you focused. Maybe you want to do the morning in the garden (revision AND a sun tan? Yes please!), but spend the afternoon working from your bedroom. Splitting your day up like this keeps things fresh and helps stay focused.
START EASY AND WORK YOUR WAY UP
We seriously respect the level of dedication it takes to get through studying for your A-Levels, so it’s no bad thing to start off small and work your way up. Your first step could just be writing up your flash cards and having a quick read through of them. Whatever works for you (as long as you are actually revising!)
EAT YOUR VEGGIES, DRINK YOUR WATER, AND DON'T LET REVISION BE MEAN TO YOU
Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to ask for help and support if you need it. It’s a big thing you’re going through, and it can take its toll. Whether you need to confide in a friend, a teacher, or a guardian, NO ONE is going to blame you for it not feeling easy all the time. Where we can, we will support you too. Why not take 5 with some of our most relaxing campus shots? Watch the video below and take a deep breath, we promise you it helps!
Make sure you are generally taking care of yourself, too. As well as making sure you take those regular study breaks in the day so that you don’t burn out, get yourself into a good routine of getting up at a decent time, getting showered, eating plenty of healthy food, and doing a little bit of exercise each day. A healthy body equals a healthy mind, so do your squats, drink your water, and don’t let revision be mean to you. You’ve got this.
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