It’s the time of year where school and college kids are faced with examinations – a stressful time for students and parents alike! Luckily, we’ve got some great tried and tested tips on how to maximise revision time and study like a pro.
Create a revision timetable
It’s really hard to concentrate for hours at a time, which is why it’s best to revise in 20- to 30-minute spells. Creating and sticking to a revision timetable is the simplest way to ensure you study in short bursts. Mix up the order of subjects to help keep the mind fresh.
Take regular breaks
Regular revision breaks give the brain a better chance of remembering what it needs to. When you create your revision timetable, include regular breaks throughout the day and at least two hours’ downtime in the evening. Whether it’s watching TV or chatting with friends, making time to destress is important.
The phrase ‘brain food’ is often misunderstood. During exam time, many students make the mistake of thinking junk food and energy drinks fuel the brain. In truth, eating healthy, vitamin-rich foods is more likely to provide the mind and body with what it needs to succeed.
Making time to play sport with friends or going for a run between revision sessions is a great way to help you achieve your personal best. Exercise gets the blood flowing and provides oxygen to the brain. The more oxygen the brain gets, the better it functions. Regular physical activity also reduces stress and tiredness.
Students who find the right balance between work and play usually avoid burnout. Working towards a reward is also a good way to stay motivated. Going to the cinema with friends or a sweet treat are good ways to reward yourself. If you pick the latter, choosing dark chocolate over milk chocolate has brain-boosting properties.
Get enough sleep
The benefits of sleep should never be underestimated. After a hard day revising, a good night’s sleep helps your brain turn new knowledge into something you can remember. If you have an exam the next day, revising during the daylight hours and going to bed early is much better than cramming late into night.
It’s so easy to get distracted by Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. If you’re finding it hard to stay away from social media during study time, the StayFocused app lets you block distracting sites for set amount of time. Both iOS and Android also have excellent tutoring apps that can help you ace your tests.
Get parents involved
It’s great to involve all family members in the revision process. For parents, this can include sticking revision notes up around the house and doing quizzes at dinner time. But the best way to support children through exam stress is by making sure home life remains as calm as possible.
YouTube your way to success
The brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text. YouTube has millions of videos about every subject imaginable on the site. Whether you’re revising for GCSE or A Levels, watching educational videos can make a huge difference – make sure they’re from legitimate sources and providing the right information to help with the revision
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