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Hello everyone! Since the exam season is coming up for those university students that still have exams, I thought I’d share some of my top 10 study tips with you, so you can learn how to revise effectively. These tips can apply to any kind of studying or work projects you must complete. With universities shutting due to COVID – 19, it means myself and other university students can no longer use the facilities and workspaces. I found adapting to studying at home a bit weird at first, so here’s how I figured the best way to revise for your exams successfully:
Related post: The ULTIMATE Top tips for freshers
Tip 1: Start Early
The first thing you need to do to learn how to revise effectively is waking up at a reasonable time in the morning. You need to be able to have breakfast will give you the best start to your day. You’ll feel fuelled and energised. I could not agree with the typical saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. I can always see a difference in my mood if I ever choose not to have breakfast (which is very rarely).
Tip 2: Consider where you study
The worst thing you can do is study where you sleep. I am 100% guilty of this. But I can tell you, having a separate space whether it be a desk, the dining room table or the breakfast bar, helps you work better. It puts you in the right mind compared to if you study on your bed where you could easily just take a quick nap – a quick nap that turns into 5 hours (believe me we’ve all done it!)
This also helps you split your studying with your free time. It is extremely important to keep your work- life balance equal. I am currently writing a post about this so watch out for that one!
Tip 3: Have a supplies kit
This is a simple one but put together a little kit like a pencil case where you have everything you need in one place. Then you won’t have to go searching around the house to find a working pen. If you use colours when studying, then make sure you have all the colour pens you need before you start.
Tip 4: Plan
PLANNING IS ESSENTIAL!! It helps you see clearly all the time you have available and were you can fit in revision. It allows you to plan all the topics you need to cover. I am regularly creating timetables to help me manage my work. Use a journal where you can plan everything in one place. You can write a checklist of topics to cover, a timetable, a day by day checklist of the things you want to complete that day.
Having a little journal is the best way you can keep on track with every topic you have covered and what you still need to do.
Tip 5: Split up your day
So, this is one of the most helpful tips for splitting up your day: download the Fitbit app. Whether you have a Fitbit or not you can still use you’re the app on your phone. So, you can set up notifications which alert you every hour to go for a 3-minute walk which is 250 steps. It means if you’re in the middle of studying and you’re not getting anywhere then you can go for a walk, stretch your legs, grab a drink, refresh your mind and then start again.
Below is the cheapest FitBit I could find on Amazon. I absolutely love my FitBit, I wear it all day and all night as it also tracks my sleep.
Tip 6: Make sure you take breaks
DO NOT try and work for 2+ hours straight. Have 10-minute breaks. Watch an episode of something. Go and speak to your family. Have a look at social media. Working little and often is proven to make you more productive in the long run.
Tip 7: Get rid of distractions
This tip is so important. You won’t remember things if you’re constantly looking on your phone and replying to messages in the middle of revising. You need to move your phone away and close all the tabs on your laptop if you need the internet. Stay focused. This is such a good practise to learn how to revise effectively.
A good thing to do if you are working on a laptop is to close down all your tabs as that is a massive distraction.
Tip 8: Reward yourself
Since it’s the Easter holidays, you could use this as a reward. So, if you complete all the topics you wanted to get done in that day then you can eat the Easter egg. Exam stress can be difficult so rewarding yourself will help to keep you motviated.
Tip 9: Eat healthy and exercise
Eat brain food like bananas, blueberries and dark chocolate if you’re feeling chocolatey. Blue berries are meant to boost your concentration and memory for up to 5 hours. You should also keep moving like I mentioned earlier as exercise is proven to improve blood flow and memory.
Tip 10: Get sleep
SLEEP. SLEEP. And SLEEP. You cannot work on 3 hours sleep it won’t work. Sleep re-energises you. It improves your memory and puts you in a routine. You will feel more prepared and ready for the day if you have enough sleep.
So that rounds up my top 10 tips for working efficiently during the exam period. This can relate to any work in general. These tips may not work for everyone but you should deffo give them a try and let me know how you get on!
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This is so helpful! I’m not currently studying, and am actually on furlough from my job, but I feel like these are really useful even for us people not really doing much right now – especially with those reminders to move every hour! Thanks for sharing ☺️
Yes definitely! These tips can literally apply to anything you have to get done in the day x
These are great tips! I was meant to do my A Levels so, I’m not really studying for exams right now but, these are all things I would’ve been doing had I needed to revise!
Em C. Writes says
Could not agree with these posts more. Particularly about revising away from your bed – it’s so unproductive and easy to switch off. These tips are so useful.
Thank you for reading!
Wake up and Blog says
Great advice, having a plan is so important!
thanks I hope I will pass the exams in this pandemic ughhhh
When I was revising at uni I always found rewarding myself was a great incentive to get stuff done.
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Elizabeth Hartley says
Great tips! I’m so glad my exams are finished for the year!
This is so helpful; I always find when doing uni assignments that plugging in my earphones (even if they’re not playing anything) focuses me as it takes away all other sound, random I know! Oh, and a cup of tea is a MUST! x
Paige // Paige Eades
Great tips! Getting rid of distractions and having a specific study place are my favorite tips. I always needed to work on that.
I haven’t been in university for years! (I’m old) But, as many other commenters have already pointed out, these tips are really applicable to ANYTHING you need to get done 🙂 Great post.
Magical Travels says
Nice tips. My university exams are long gone, but I remember it wasn’t easy to stay focused all the time, i was always looking for some ways of distraction. Thanks for sharing!!!
It’s been many years since I needed to spend time studying but I do recall the process and all of the tips that you give are important.
From my recollection of study tips:
Do a plan (but don’t spend all day doing the plan!)
Include regular breaks within the plan
Have meals or snacks during your breaks (don’t let your brain run on empty)
Stick to the plan!
Don’t ignore the value of discussing some topics with others who are doing the same exam