Guide To: Less Stressful Exam Revision
Is your revision well underway, but you’re struggling to absorb the information from your notes and text books? Although it may be easier said than done, it is important that you don’t get stressed. Take a breather, grab a snack and a refreshing drink and read through these 3 simple tips to help relieve the pressure of revision and hopefully help you become an information sponge.
1. How do you learn?
Everyone is different. While reading pages and pages of information may work for your friends, it may not work for you. It’s been found that there are 7 different learning styles that a human may, or may not use when processing information and it is important to know how you learn. This way you can tailer the information to suit you; making it easier to learn and remember.
The 7 Learning Styles are:
- Visual – Looking at pictures, graphs etc
- Aural – The use of sound or music
- Verbal – The use of words, both in speech and writing
- Physical – The use of movement and touch
- Logical – The use of reasoning and systems
- Social – Group learning
- Solitary – Self study on your own
Using the link below you can carry out a questionnaire which, based on your answers, will establish your learning methods. Once you know how you learn, consider adjusting your revision methods to suit you.
Planning for anything is essential; it is the best way to structure everything and distribute your time effectively.
Begin by prioritising your subjects, if you’re particularly good at a subject this does not need to take up a lot of your time. You need to build on the subjects that are your weaker subjects, designate more of your revision time on these subjects to give yourself time to learn and grow in these areas. Don’t take your strong subjects for granted though and allow enough time to cover all subjects.
Draw up a realistic revision timetable that you are able to maintain. Suit your timetable to you and be sure to add your ‘Chill time’ into this schedule, if you do not give yourself chance to have a break, the pressure will built up and you will lose concentration.
3. Health - Eat, Sleep, Revise, Repeat
Your health is so important when revising. It’s so common to binge eat during revision. Treating yourself to a chocolate bar, and we all know I’m not referring to an 80p Dairy Milk. I’m talking about the ‘more to share’ bar that equals about 4 times the daily recommended amount along with a side of a massive bag of Doritos and a 2l bottle of Coke – I’ve been there! Try swapping these for some known ‘Brain Foods’ such as:
- Oily Fish – Salmon, sardines, mackerel
- Eggs – Boil it, poach it, scramble it, even fry it
- Dark Leafy Greens – kale, spinach, broccoli, there are loads!
- Peanut butter
- Green tea
To read more into the ‘Brain Foods’ just click here https://www.topuniversities.com/blog/brain-food-what-eat-when-revising
Exercising is also a great way to get your head out the game for a little while, not only that but it will help you sleep better at night. You could walk the dog, go for a run, try that fitness DVD that’s still wrapped in its cellophane, even just run up and down the stairs and annoy your parents – the list is endless!
Drink plenty. Being hydrated makes you feel more alert. It helps move the nutrients to give you energy, regulates body temperature and helps your body to perform at its highest level.
So there you have it, 3 helpful tips for your exam revision. I hope this helps and all of us at Young Writers wish you the best of luck in your exams!
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