28 April 2015

By Lauren E. White

As a GCSE student, I am familiar with the devil’s present to Earth: revision.

Revising is not something that we’re necessarily good at as students, but there is something in revision that we are all acquainted with and that is the stress.

The only thing about revision that I can personally do is handle it. I know how to space out the lengthy periods of algebra and how to handle spending a whole night – or day – revising. Because of this, I thought I’d do a little revision guide to dealing with the mental stresses of revising.

One of the things I do while revising is keep myself hydrated. Whether it be with tea or water, having a flow of beverages keeps you refreshed and looks after your body’s needs. If you’re like me, you’ll choose the tea over the water despite water being the healthier option. Comfort always wins over healthy, though, doesn’t it?

As well as keeping yourself hydrated, when you’re revising, you should make sure to space it out. Many of us find it mentally challenging to sit for long periods of time focusing intensely on the same thing. Because of this, if you can’t focus for long periods of time, it’s best that you revise in chunks of 15-20 minutes at a time. Revise one unit in the 15-20 minutes and then take a break. The break should last around five minutes and you should leave the room or the house to get some fresh air and experience some new scenery.

However, if you can tolerate revision for longer, revise for thirty minutes and then take your break. Don’t push yourself to longer than that half an hour otherwise you’ll drain yourself and lose all motivation.

The final thing to talk about when it comes to dealing with revision is my favourite part of the whole process. Listen to music as you revise. Listening to music will make the time fly and you will also find yourself writing/typing to the rhythm of the music. Also, listening to your favourite songs will probably just bring you pleasure anyway.

Good luck with your exams that are coming up and with the revision you do to prepare for them too.

Like this article? Please share!