For everyone else, Easter’s about eggs, chocolate, and cute floppy-eared bunnies hopping care-free through daffodils. For for those of you with exams coming up, it means something different.
Easter is a time when you need to get serious about revision because, believe it or not, exams are suddenly right around the corner.
But, just like Christmas, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. You can still approach Easter with a spring in your step – using it as valuable studying time and the chance to mentally refresh before May.
So, here are our 5 top revision tips to have your chocolate and eat it too:
1. Treat it like school
You know that procrastination limbo we talked about a couple of weeks back? Where you spend a lot of time not getting much effective work done? That’s something to be very mindful of this Easter.
Use our advice from this blog to create structure for your day and your revision. Home is full of distractions but treating each day like a school day is what’s going to get you those grades. And it will mean you can have evenings off to do activities that relax you, so you don’t burn out before exams even begin.
2. Revise with friends
The fact that everyone has this period off means it’s a great time to schedule some joint revision sessions. One of our top tips for effective revision is explaining an idea or concept to someone else. Pooling brain power to review notes or even going through a past paper together (to get rid of that fear factor) can be amazing for revision. Just be careful you don’t quickly veer off into non-revising related chat! It’s unlikely your examiner will care very much about the latest season of your favourite Netflix series…
3. Use your revision timetable
The revision timetable is your greatest friend during Easter and in study leave. It will make sure you’re on track with your studying and help you prioritise topics and subjects. Knowing what stage you’re at and where you need to get to will keep panic at bay and give you peace of mind. Also make sure you build in time for past papers.
A timetable is also fab for proving to concerned parents you’ve got things under control! Read back on our tips about making the perfect revision guide.
4. Build in breaks
That Easter egg hunt or strange spring family tradition your folks make you do? There’s no reason you need to miss out on it this year just because you’re revising. Use breaks as a reward for your hard work and to remind yourself that yes, there is a world outside of exams. Structure these breaks into your timetable though, so you don’t fall behind and also so you don’t feel guilty when you step away from the books. Balancing breaks with study will also mentally rejuvenate you so you’re fresh and ready to tackle those exams.
5. Flag up key questions
It’s a good idea to make a note of any areas you feel you need some teacher or tutor support on, so you can go through things with them after the break. Teachers and tutors are there to help and they’ll want to make sure you’re properly understanding what they’ve been telling you throughout the year. Going to your teacher with prepared with specific questions will help you make the most of any time you have with them. And if you’re struggling with certain topics, chances are many others will be too!
So remember, make sure to make the most of the time, but schedule in some well-deserved Easter egg breaks as well.