In today’s society efficiency is key. We’re all about downloading the latest app that will let us do things harder, better, faster, stronger. When it comes to revision then, why don’t we make efficiency a top priority?
It really doesn’t matter if you spent 12 hours in the library yesterday or you’ve been averaging 3 hours sleep and are 90% Red Bull (more next time on why not to do that). With revision it’s all about quality, not quantity.
In our last post time we talked about how to make your revision efficient and effective by structuring your time by topic difficulty and using grade boundaries and past papers to make sure you’re ticking all the boxes.
Today, we’ve got four more top tips that will help you get the most out of your revision.
1) Make daily targets
Writing a list of what you need to achieve each day will help motivate you and make the task of revision feel less daunting. Use your big revision plan and content check lists to break down work into small, manageable tasks. This will make sure you keep on track with your studying and exam practice so you’re not up the night before your exam crying into a textbook.
And when you’re done with your daily tasks, stop studying! Of course, if you’re feeling super inspired or there’s something that can easily be done that will help you the next day, then take advantage. But 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
Yes, we sound like your mum. But the more distractions you let slip into your revision just means the longer you’ll have to spend studying to get the same result. The study limbo of guilt is a very real phenomenon: you’re so distracted you’re not getting anything done but you can’t go have fun because you haven’t met your daily targets. Snap out of this cycle!
Give your phone to your friend for the day, close those Twitter tabs on your laptop, find a clean, tidy work environment that will really let you focus. It’s all about putting yourself in the right environment to study.
3) Build in breaks
But it’s also important to build in purposeful ‘distractions’ – and by that we mean regular breaks. Whether that’s just taking five minutes to stretch your legs, getting some fresh air in the garden, or grabbing a hot chocolate at that cute café nearby, a change of scenery will help prevent brain shut-down and might even give you inspiration for an essay. Of course, be wise about your breaks. If they’re racking up as much time as your revision then they can’t really be called breaks anymore, can they?
Building in breaks also mean switching up what you’re studying. Changing between the topics and subjects you are revising helps keep your brain alert and engaged!
4) Mix up your methods
Mixing things up in terms of revision method is another good way to keep your revision targeted and efficient. From making mind maps and flash cards to condensing your class notes and finding some case studies of your own, there are many ways and resources that will stop your revision becoming stale. The more engaged you are with your revision process, the more efficient you’ll be in locking down that key info!
Like with your breaks though, remember that the process shouldn’t take priority over the purpose (although writing things physically down can be great for getting facts into your brain).
These are just a few tips that will help you get the most out of your revision time. What are some of the ways that work for you?
Don’t be daft – make your revision as efficient and effective as can be!