Revision Tips at Easter

Dear Emma,

If you’re like me, you’re on your Easter holidays or spring break or whatever you call it. 

Happy Easter, by the way! I hope you had a great day, however you celebrate it 🙂 

Anyway, sadly, for most of us this holiday isn’t really a holiday, according to the universe. Exams are coming soon (sorry, I had to say it) and we are (hopefully) knee deep in revision.

I don’t know about you guys, but my revision before now has been incredibly random, fitting it in wherever I can without much structure. I’ve been doing it, but without any order. 

Not sure if that’s a good thing. 

But this weekend (Friday, Saturday and today) I’ve had a completely new approach to revision, which had led me to doing five hours of (actually productive) work every day.

Okay, I don’t know how long this is going to last, but I’m loving it. 

So I thought I’d tell you how I changed my routine, and hopefully give some tips about revision that will actually help 🙂 

  1. Make a schedule. I think this is the most significant way I’ve changed my revision. I went on http://www.getrevising.com and made a snazzy timetable that I put on my door and another one on my desk. The website is great, and it’s really helped me structure my revision, especially because you can add time to eat and relax (aka the most important things in life) without affecting the schedule too much. 
  2. Do short bursts of study. I incorporated this into my schedule, and I think I’m a lot more productive. It’s scientifically proven that the brain concentrates more in 30-40 minute intervals with 10 minute breaks in between, rather than hours of solid study. Also, you won’t be sat there dying and realising you still have an hour left. You’ll hate it, and you won’t learn anything. 
  3. Make realistic goals for each session. This is also another big way that I’ve changed my revision. I get one post it note for each of the subjects that I’m doing and write what I want to achieve in that session. The most important thing here is to make the goals achieveable. You’re not going to read a whole textbook or memorise an entire topic of notes in 30 minutes. Separate your large goal into smaller ones. It also makes you feel a lot more productive when you see a pile of post it notes that you’ve done at the end of the week. 
  4. Remove all distractions. I’m sorry everyone, but I’m about to become a horrible teacher/parent. Get rid of your phone. Throw it away, along with anything else that could distract you. Maybe not literally, because you don’t want to break it, but you can’t  have it anywhere that will tempt you to check it. It won’t help you. I don’t care if you have ten thousand notifications to go through afterwards, but you need to focus. There’s time for phones, after the exams. (I’m saying this to myself as much as you). A bit of background music is okay, but it has to be instrumental. 


 

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Guess What?

Dear Emma,

So if you’ve been following me for a while you will know that in the summer I did a series called Drag and Drop Stories, which was a collaboration with you, my lovely followers.

I created a character and ‘drag and dropped’ her into situations and stories suggested in comments on my blog posts.

I loved writing those stories, and I hope that you loved reading them! It was a really fun week, especially because I was quite bored, as I usually am in the summer holidays.

So, I am on my Christmas break, and so I thought, why not do it again? It’s been a good few months since I’ve posted any creative writing on this blog.

So next week shall be Drag and Drop Stories: Series 2! I haven’t quite decided whether I am going to continue with my beloved heroine Sam, or whether this set of stories will feature a new protagonist: what do you guys think?

But either way, there is one thing that I really can’t do this series without, and that’s ideas. And that’s where you guys come in. I’d love it if you suggested some ideas for stories for me to write.

They can be anything: plots, situations, themes, anything that would help me to create a story. It’s okay if I get more than seven, in fact I’d love it, because then I have a choice, and I might come back to undone prompts in future series.

I’m putting this up now to give myself a few days to sort through my prompts (hopefully) and begin to write, and then the first story will be up on Monday!

Love from,

XXX