With the Easter holidays finally her and just under two months before the GCSE and A Level exams kick off, the simmering of exam pressure is about to reach boiling point for many students. We know that this can be a time of stress, of heightened emotions, of rebellion or of burn- out but there is some good news – it doesn’t have to be like this. Follow these 6 top tips for revising over the Easter holidays and everything will be fine.
- Revision timetable
Creating a revision timetable is our number 1 top tip. Without a revision timetable, it’s far too easy to either a) revise during every waking moment, b) spend hours revising one subject and neglecting others or c) not do much revision at all. To avoid all three scenarios, prepare an honest and achievable revision schedule. Start early, have short breaks every 45 – 60 minutes, moving away from the location where revision is taking place.
- Plan fun activities and have down time
The Easter holidays are great; time off from school, enjoyable festivities, an indulgence in Easter treats, short breaks away. This year will feel a little different as these fun activities may feel overshadowed by revision but it’s still so important to plan social activities with friends and family, to leave the house, to have evenings free to chill out in front of Netflix or do a hobby or sport and keep active. This won’t be at the expense of revision, in fact it will make the idea of sitting down to revise much less dreadful.
- Attend school revision sessions
Most schools provide revision support, be it after school or holiday revision classes, lunchtime drop-ins or through online materials. Use them! Teachers don’t put in all the extra hours and hard-work just because they love it, they do it because it’s useful. It will help your revision. It may seem like a drag now, but it’ll pay off in the long run…and just remember how long the summer holidays will be this year!
- Be creative: use flashcards, stick posters around the house, create a voice note
Flashcards and posters – a student’s best friends. Write out key points for each subject on pieces of paper, stick them around the house, on the ceiling above the bed, on the bathroom door, on the headrest of the car…as long as they can be seen and they are used, it’ll help. Fill flashcards with revision notes, put key vocabulary and a translation/definition on each side and take a look at them whenever there’s a moment. Read out revision notes onto the voice note app on mobile phones and listen to it whilst walking to school…every little helps!
- Turn off and remove distractions
* put phones on flight mode, or even better switch it off
* turn off the TV
* turn off notifications on the iPad
* close down Facebook, Buzzfeed, games, Messenger etc if using a computer to revise
* move away from the dog, little brothers or sisters or other distractions
* try to find somewhere quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the household to revise
Ask for help
Never be afraid to ask for help. Email teachers, ask friends or family or seek a tutor. There is no need to panic, there is always someone who can help.