Revising: Efficient Revision

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Amy studied at the University of Bristol and is our revision blog guru. She only graduated recently so understands the pressures of being a student better than most, and is here to share her wisdom so that you revise effectively, smash your exams, succeed at school and write cracking university and job applications.

When it comes to revision, efficiency should be a top priority.

It really doesn’t matter if you spent 12 hours in the library yesterday and have been averaging 3 hours sleep and are 90% Red Bull.

With revision it’s all about quality, not quantity.

Here are four tips to help you get the most out of your revision time.

1. Set daily targets

Writing a list of what you need to achieve each day will help motivate you and help you stay on track.

Set realistic targets and when you’ve hit them, stop studying! Revision is a marathon, not a sprint, and to get to that finish line you shouldn’t use up all your energy in the first week.

2. Cut down on distractions

The more distractions you let slip into your revision time, the longer you’ll have to spend studying to get the same result; which actually means you’ll end up with less free time to do what you want.

Give your phone to a parent for the day, close those Twitter tabs on your laptop, and find a clean, tidy work environment that will really let you focus. It’s all about putting yourself in the right environment to study.


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3. Build in breaks

Whether you take five minutes to make a cup of tea or get some fresh air in the garden, a change of scenery and an intentional distraction will help prevent brain shut-down.

Be wise about your breaks though. If they’re racking up as much time as your revision then they can’t really be called breaks anymore, can they? It’s all about efficiency, so use that break time wisely.

4. Mix up your methods

Mixing things up in terms of revision methods is a good way to stop your revision becoming stale. The more engaged you are with your revision tasks, the more efficient you’ll be.

Head back to ‘Revision Techniques‘ for some ideas on revision methods that will keep you motivated.

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