It’s that time of the year we all dread. Exam season.
As a lot of you out there, I am sitting my exams next week. I am on my last year of Alevels, therefore these exams are the ones which determine what Uni I go to. No pressure though ey?..
As they are becoming a massive part of my life, I thought I would share with you my best tips to help some of you guys out or so you can just see what I love to do around this time of year.
Tip 1: Have some sort of timetable, but don’t make it too strict!
Some people I know work so well when they split their time into two hour chunks and allocate different chunks different activities, eg a chunk for History, then a chunk for free time. However, I have never been able to do this, as I feel like I’m forcing myself to do something when I’m not in the mood to do it. Therefore, in my daily planner I set myself a target of how many hours of revision I do and what subjects I should do. This is set in stone however. SO say on Monday I have nothing much planned for the day, I will write at the top of my diary ‘2hours, Psychology’. Therefore, when it gets to Monday, I know 2hours of revision is what I aim for and Psychology is the subject that I should try to do.
Tip 2: Listen to your body!
As I’ve said in a couple of previous blogs, I feel it is so important to listen to your body, whether it’s to do with studying, eating or even socialising. If you wake up one morning and have scheduled to do a couple hours of psychology and youre just feeling so unmotivated, DONT DO IT!! Honestly, if you really aren’t feeling it, you’re not get as much done as if you were in the right head space. Similarly, if you wake up and have a couple hours of psychology timetabled, yet feel like only doing an hour of history (the subjects I am doing are psychology, history and religious studies, hence the examples!) that is also completely fine as well! The best work you do is when you are in the right headspace for it, don’t force yourself to do any!
Tip 3: Colour is everything
Being organised and efficient makes me so happy weirdly, and colour coding is my absolute dream! Writing key facts in one colour, evaluation in another and then other points in another is so satisfying and makes revision alot less dull. It also helps me remember things alot better, as I can visualise the colours. Not only does it help with revision, it massively helps with exam technique as well, as the colour coding can help with essay structure. Because of this, you can easily remember what goes in what paragraph..it also makes your cue cards and mind maps look so much prettier!
Tip 4: Take some time out
I know it’s such an important time of the year, but please remember to take time out for yourself. Whether it’s going out with friends for lunch or just doing a 15 minute face mask, treating yourself for your hard work will make everything more manageable! We all need abit of TLC when it’s been a long day!
I wish all of you doing exam the best of luck, it’s almost over and we can look forward to the best summer! Think of the sun and relaxation you can have in a couple weeks and it will help!
Lots of love,
Coffee and Coats XX